In pictures: London's victims of violence in 2018

A teenager who was knifed to death and a 50-year-old man who was reportedly punched to the floor brings London’s death toll up to at least 50 for 2018 so far.

The Metropolitan Police has launched 50 murder inquiries, eight in January, 15 in February, 22 in March and five in April.

The sudden spike in killings has stoked concerns over rising violent crime in the capital.

There were 12,980 knife crimes in the capital city in 2017 – 2,452 more than the year before.

This is an increase of 23% rise from the previous year, while crime overall in England and Wales continues to fall.

Last week, the family of Abraham Badru, 26, who was shot dead in Hackney, east London, on March 25 warned that ‘gun culture is becoming rampant in our community’.

After the latest killing of Tanesha Melbourne and Amaan Shakoor, police confirmed a Section 60 – an intelligence led pre-authorised power to stop and search – has been in place since Monday and will be until at least the early hours of Wednesday.

Here are the faces of London’s victims this year: