London’s knife problem seems to show no sign of slowing down after six people including four teenagers were stabbed in a single day. One of them, 18, is fighting for his life following the stabbings in Kidbrooke, Hounslow, Tottenham, Tooting, and Barking. The first one happened in Kidbrooke at 3.15pm in front of children in what witnesses described as a ‘planned attack’.
Locals tried to help the man who was ‘totally covered in blood’ with injuries to his torso and head. At 4.30pm in Hounslow, west London, a man, 26, was stabbed repeatedly then half an hour later another person was knifed just yards away. Then at 6.05pm a teenager, 17, was slashed to the face in Tottenham, north London close to a Betfred shop.
Blood splatters were being cleaned from the pavement outside a taxi office opposite Tottenham Police Station, around 160 metres down the road. An officer at the scene said a man had received facial injuries after ‘an altercation between two young groups’, and that the two cordons were linked.
The boy was treated at the scene by the London Ambulance Service staff, who assessed the injury to be non life-threatening, and taken to an east London hospital. At 7pm another teenager, 17, was stabbed in Barking, east London.
Two hours later at 9pm a 17-year-old was stabbed in Tooting, South London. The Tottenham attack is said by police to have taken place close to a Betfred shop. Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to hold a major summit in Downing Street on April 1 aimed at tackling the problem.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said the last few years ‘undoubtedly have been the highest and most worrying levels in my service’. She added: ‘If you look at stabbings of young people I do think this is a new and tragic and worrying phenomenon.