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05th Nov 2018

Four men have been stabbed to death in London in the last five days

The number of murders in the capital has risen to 118 this year, after a fatal stabbing on Sunday

Oli Dugmore

Sadiq Khan responds after four fatal stabbing in five days

The number of murders in the capital has risen to 118 this year, after a fatal stabbing on Sunday

Between Wednesday and Sunday last week four men were stabbed to death on the streets of London – the youngest of them was just 15 years old.

On Sunday November 4 at 12.30pm a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death in Anerley. Paramedics and an air ambulance tried to save his life but he was pronounced dead at the scene at 1pm.

Two men, aged 19 and 21, have been arrested and enquiries are ongoing.

On Friday November 2 17-year-old Malcolm Mide-Madariola was stabbed to death outside Clapham South underground station. He is the 21st teenager murdered in London this year, after 15-year-old Jay Hughes was killed near a Bellingham Morley’s on Thursday.

The day before Rocky Djelal, 38, was stabbed to death at Southwark Park.

Three of the murders took place within a 72 hour window, prompting Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge to tweet: “The second murder in my constituency in 72 hours. I am waiting for further details but my thoughts are with the victim and their family. This has to stop.”

On Friday Metropolitan Commissioner Cressida Dick said her force were prioritising “traditional” threats like violent and organised crime rather than non-criminal acts of misogyny.

That same day Sadiq Khan announced the latest measures in London’s new public health approach to violent crime. The method has been successful in Glasgow, previously ridden with violence, and in 2017 no one died of stabbing in Scotland.

On Monday Khan defended the approach, speaking on the Today show: “It’ll take some time. The reason I know it’ll take some time is because of the lessons we’ve learned from places like Glasgow in Scotland, where it took them some time to turn this thing around.

“According to Glasgow – and we’ve got the violence reduction unit in Glasgow helping us – to really make significant progress can take up to 10 years, and a generation.”

Any witnesses to Sunday’s incident or anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting CAD 3251/04 Nov. To remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111