London murders 2019: Violent killings in capital at highest level in a decade as total surpasses 2018 figure

Gareth Davies
London murders 2019

The number of violent deaths on the streets of London this year has surpassed the 2018 figure after the 133rd person of 2019 was killed in the capital.

On Thursday, a man believed to be in his 20s was stabbed to death in Clarence Mews, Hackney. Police were called at 2.01pm, but he died in the street at 2.33pm.

This year has now become the bloodiest since 2008 when 154 homicides - which covers murder and manslaughter - were recorded in London.

In 2002 there was a spike in violent deaths with 221 recorded in London. From 2002 onward, the figure had been steadily decreasing and in 2014 the number was as low as 94. 

But since then, violent killing on the streets of the capital have been on an upward curve. 

Last year was the deadliest in 11 years when 132 were murdered or killed in London, and now 2019 has surpassed the grim milestone with 21 days of the year still to go. 

The rise comes against the backdrop of increased police attempts to drive down knife crime in the city.

An increase in stop and search powers and Operation Spectre - where those carrying weapons are invited to hand their knives into police with no fear of repercussions - has proved to be unsuccessful, with the murder rate increasing year-on-year since 2016. 

As with in previous years, these figures do not include victims in terror attacks. Therefore the deaths of Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, who were killed by Usman Khan in the London Bridge terror attack on November 30, do not form part of these statistics. 

The youngest victim of the violence was only four days old. Riley Fauvrelle's mother Kelly Mary Fauvrelle, 26, was stabbed to death on June 29 in Croydon.

She was eight-months pregnant and her baby miraculously survived after paramedics carried out an emergency c-section. 

But the baby boy died in hospital four days after his mother. 

The eldest victim was 89-year-old Dorothy Woolmer, who was raped and murdered in Tottenham at 10.45am on August 4.

The knife crime epidemic that gripped the capital last year shows no sign of slowing down. 

There were 83 fatal stabbing victims in London in 2018. Already, there have been 79 in London this year. 

Almost 60 percent of the deaths in the capital this year have been due to knife crime. 

Eleven people were shot dead in London in 2019. 

Four were run over, three were burned alive, five were strangled and 25 died of head injuries either in a fight or having been attacked. 

The killers followed no conclusive pattern. 

Although 45 killings happened after 6pm, victims were routinely killed in broad daylight on London's busy streets. 

Around 37 percent of the deaths occurred in the morning, meaning 63 percent were killed in the afternoon or evening. 

One in five deaths happened between 9pm and midnight.

But 16 percent of the killings happened between midday and 3pm.

There did, however, seem to be a correlation on which day people were killed. 

Victims were more than twice more likely to be killed on a Friday than a Monday or Wednesday.

Almost one in five of the deaths happened on a Friday, compared to just 7.5 percent on a Monday or Wednesday.

The longest period of relative peace in London came in the 14 days between January 11 and January 27 when nobody was killed. 

This was ended in west London when Kamil Malysz, 34, was stabbed to death at 10.15am on a Sunday morning.

Much more typical of the year was the incessant bloodshed that kept the death toll steadily rising. 

There were two days in 2019 on which five people were killed - June 29 and April 26. 

In July, there were four consecutive days of murder on the streets, when someone was killed every day between July 10 and July 13.  

The names of all 2019 victims

Charlotte Huggins | Tudor Siminov | Simbiso Aretha Moula | Sarah Ashraf | Jaden Moodie | Asma Begum | Kamil Malysz | Nedim Bilgin | Carl Thorpe | Lejean Richards | Aliny Mendes | Dennis Anderson | Bright Akinleye | Brian Wieland | Glendon Spence | Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck | David Lopez-Fernandez | Che Morrison | Jodie Chesney | Jolia Bogdan | Elize Linda Stevens | Mohammed Elmi | David Martinez | Laureline Garcia-Bertaux | Ayub Hassan | Antoinette Donnegan | Florin Pitic | Nathaniel Armstrong | Abdirashid Mohamoud | Ravi Katharkamar Ramane | Richard Wiggan | Zahir Visiter | Gavin Garraway | Calvin Bungisa | Hubert Hall | Annabelle Lancaster | Noore Bashir Salad | Gopinath Kasivisuwanathan | Steve Brown | Aron Kato | Meshach Lee Mitchell Williams | Joshua White | Henriett Szucs | Amy Parsons | Mihrican Mustafa | Tashaûn Aird | McCauley Junior Urugbezi-Edwards | Constantin Sin | Mohammed Shah Subhani | Barrington Davis | Tatiana Koudriavtsev | Vladimir Koudriavtsev | Iderval da Silva | Alimuz Zaman | Ismalia Ceesay | Graham Howe | Steven Kennedy | Baris Kucuk | Adrian Murphy | Cheyon Evans | Eniola Aluko | Gleb Stanislavovitch Zhebrovsky | Giedrius Juskauskas | Ionut Manea | Stepan Suslyk | David Bello-Monerville | Edward Simpson | Yusuf Mohamed | Riley Fauvrelle | Kelly Mary Fauvrelle | Faudi Mohamed | Gary Blagrove | Amara Toure | Tesfa Campbell | Craig Small | Amanda Gretton | Kwasi Menash-Ababio | Grineo Daka | Leo Marcus | Boluwatife Oyewunmi | Kye Manning | Akbar Arezo | Layla Arezo | Alcivradis Mavredis | Diane Dyer | Robert Komuro | Abdullahi Hassan | Liam Dent | Dorothy Woolmer | Alex Smith | Solomon Small | Amrou Greenidge | Allan Isichei | Santino Angelo-Dymiter | Laura Rakstelyte | Lee Casey | Perry Jordan-Brammer | Sandra Samuels | Norman Bertran-Tavarez | Michael Irving | Alexandre Garcia Varela | Shakira Mercedes | Josiph Beker | Assad Abdullah Yarrow | Omar Smith | Julio Gomes | Mark McCann-Barrett | Serafima Meshaka | Sufi Osman | Tashan Daniel | Osvaldo Carvalho | Arlene Williams | Baptista Adjei | Clinton Evbota | Niyat Berhane Teklemariam | Ben Lines | Jake Kemp | Zoe Orton | Beatrice Yankson | James Amadu | Vladislavs Radionovs | Hakim Ishmael Daba Sillah | Mohammed Usman Mirza | Iron Miah | Randy Kruse | Akeem Barnes | Mehran Heydari