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Overnight, four men were stabbed to their death in London, and a fifth victim is in a critical condition, in what the police are describing as “heartbreaking” and “despicable.”
The first attack, in which a man who was 18 years old was stabbed, occurred on Larmans Road, Enfield at 11:30 am. The 18-year-old later died in hospital.
In Memorial Avenue, West Ham, a 20-year-old man was stabbed just after 7:30 pm, and in Norwood Road, Tulse Hill, a 17-year-old was stabbed fatally at around 10:40 pm.
At around 2:35 am, another 20-year-old man was stabbed fatally in Bartholomew Court, Old Street EC1 while a second man who is in his 20s was taken to a hospital after suffering critical stab injuries. He is currently in a critical condition.
All four incidents are being considered as unrelated. Thus, four separate murder investigations have been started. So far, five men have already been arrested in connection with the incident in Enfield.
A commander from the Met’s Territorial Policing Command, Commander Neil Jerome, stated: “It is heartbreaking that, at a time when so many of us are contemplating what lies ahead in 2018, four families are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one to senseless violence and the callous use of knives as lethal weapons.
“I can assure Londoners – and the families and friends of the four males killed and the fifth who remains in hospital – that detectives will work tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible for such despicable acts of violence.
“As we begin these investigations and the provision of support to four grieving families, days like this serve to re-enforce the determination of the Metropolitan Police to tackle knife crime and violence on our streets; especially offences committed by and against young people.”
He continued: “I would urge anyone with information about these attacks, and more generally about anyone who routinely carries a knife, to urgently pass that information to police or Crimestoppers.
“If you’ve hesitated to do so before, then these four tragic deaths at the start of a new year may persuade you to act now to make London safer for your family and friends in 2018.”
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “My thoughts today are with the families of four young men who have tragically been killed in four unrelated stabbings in our city last night.
“The police have today assured me that everything is being done to bring to justice those responsible for these appalling acts of violence. I urge anyone with information to come forward.
“The police were out in force helping people enjoy our city’s fantastic celebrations last night, and I thank them. However, it is horrific that knife crime has claimed another four young lives as the New Year begins.
“We will work tirelessly in 2018 and beyond to stamp out this scourge. I want to be absolutely clear – if you use a knife the full force of the law will be brought down on you. You will be caught and prosecuted.”