Four people have been killed in the past four days in London in a series of suspected murders to hit the capital. Two further victims are fighting for their lives after serious attacks in the capital during the weekend of violence. The latest suspected murder victim, a man in his 40s, was stabbed to death in Whalebone Lane, Stratford, in the early hours of Monday. This followed three deaths in the space of 24 hours, including two teenagers who were killed at teatime on Friday.
Why is this happening?
London Mayor Sadiq Khan lashed out against the Government today, blaming the murders on 'massive cuts' to police funding. Mr Khan praised officers for working 'incredibly hard' in a bid to tackle violent crime, with many working 12-hour shifts over the weekend. Mr Khan refuted accusations knife crime had increased due to his own poor performance in office. He said: "Over the past five years we've seen across our country - in Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol - an increase in violent crime, and we've seen it in London as well. We've made some progress but it's no consolation if you've lost a loved one or are the victim of knife crime. We need to do far more."
Theresa May has previously insisted there is no correlation between cuts to police numbers and an increase in knife crime. Cressida Dick, Britain's most senior police officer, contradicted this, saying earlier this year there is 'some link' between rising violent crime and depleting numbers of police.
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