Four people were killed over the weekend in London (May 7-May 9) in a grim addition to the city’s violent crime statistics.
The Metropolitan Police has launched a swathe of murder investigations after Londoners were found stabbed and shot in multiple different parts of the capital.
As of today (Monday, May 10), the police have made a series of arrests in connection with the incidents, though in many cases, enquiries remain ongoing.
This is what we know about each shocking incident so far.
May 7 – Police launch murder investigation into death of Romford woman
A woman whose body was found in shrubbery in Romford has been the focus of an ongoing murder investigation.
The body of Maria Jane Rawlings, 45 was discovered around 14:00hrs on Tuesday, 4 May by a man who was out walking his dog in Little Heath, Romford.
Maria was the mother of two daughters and lived in the Chelmsford area, her family were informed.
A post-mortem examination at Walthamstow Mortuary on Wednesday, 5 May, gave a preliminary cause for Maria’s death as neck compression and possible blunt force head trauma.
Detective Chief Inspector David Hillier is leading the investigation. He said : “My team and I are working around the clock, following a number of enquiries in our work to establish what happened to Maria.
“Her family are understandably distraught and we are doing all we can to help them as they begin to come to terms with their loss.
“Now I am asking for the public to help us. I want to hear from anyone who knew Maria and knows about where she had been and who she had been associating with. Have you seen her in the area in the company of another person? Had you recently heard or seen a disturbance or struggle in the area but did not think it significant at the time?
“You might have dash cam or doorbell footage that could have captured her – please think carefully and, if you can help, contact police.”
May 7 – Police launch murder investigation into death of 24 year old Roehampton man
A 24-year-old man stabbed to death in South West London on Thursday (May 6) was named by police as Abdirizak Hassan.
Abdirizak Hassan was fatally stabbed at a residential address in Dowdeswell Close, Roehampton, prompting a murder investigation
On Saturday (May 8) police arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder, who was later released on bail.
Police were called to an address in Dowdeswell Close, on the Lennox Estate, at 11.05am on Thursday, May 6, to reports of a man found dead with stab injuries.
Officers and paramedics from the London Ambulance Service attended but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Blair, leading the investigation, said: “While an arrest has been made, our investigation continues at pace. We believe more than one person was involved in the attack on Abdirizak and my team is working tirelessly to identify and apprehend those responsible.
“I would reiterate my appeal to anyone who was in the area of Dowdeswell Close around that time and saw or heard anything suspicious.
“If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please come forward and contact my team.”
May 7- Teen stabbed to death and another hospitalised after ‘machete attack’ in Romford
A 16- year old boy was killed and another put in hospital after a brutal attack in Romford on Friday night (May 7).
Police were called at 6.41pm on Friday, May 7 to Church Road after reports of a fight.
When officers arrived at the scene a boy, believed to be in his mid-teens, was found suffering from a stab injury. They provided first aid with the assistance of a member of public.
The London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance attended. Despite their efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene at 7.07pm. Officers have informed his next of kin.
At 6.51pm police were also called to reports of a man stabbed on nearby Retford Road, less than half a mile away, where they found another teenager, 15 with a stab wound.
He was rushed to hospital where his condition was found not to be life threatening.
He has also been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A further male, aged 17, was also admitted to an east London hospital suffering a stab injury where he remains. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
A 16-year-old male was also arrested at the scene on suspicion of affray; he has been bailed pending further enquiries to a date in early June.
May 7- Armed police attended a shooting on a major road in Kingsbury
Armed police were called to the scene of a shooting on a road in West London on Friday evening (May 7) after photos emerged of a smashed car.
The road was cordoned off as police and other emergency services attended the scene.
The car was a grey BMW. Its bonnet was crumpled and the left side was particularly damaged.
A second nearby car was also smashed up and reports suggest the two cars crashed into one another.
No arrests have yet been made and there are no reported injuries. My London has approached the Met for any further updates.
May 7 – Teenager left fighting for his life after a stabbing in Woolwich
Another attack on Friday (May 7) has left a teenager fighting for his life in hospital.
Greenwich Police have confirmed they are investigating after an 18-year-old was stabbed in Marine Drive at 4:45pm.
The victim was rushed to hospital, where his condition is said to be critical. My London has approached LAS for an update on his condition.
No arrests have yet been made. My London has approached the Metropolitan Police for further updates.
Witnesses or anyone with information are advised to call 101, with the reference: 5470/07may.
Those wishing to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers UK. To do so you can call 0800 555 111 or give information online.
May 8- Police investigation launched after shooting in Hackney results in death of man
Police have launched an investigation following the death of a man in Hackney on Saturday morning (May 8).
Officers attended the incident at Gillet Square in Dalston, East London at 0:56am.
They found a “seriously injured man”, believed to be in his 30s. Despite the best efforts by medics at the scene, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
A post mortem examination is expected to be arranged in due course while officers attempt to establish the nature of the man’s injuries, a police spokesperson said.
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May 8- Man stabbed following mass brawl in Selfridges
A man has been stabbed and seven arrested after a mass knife brawl inside the Oxford Street Selfridges store yesterday.
Videos of the scene show a group fighting within the store while a man is seen holding a knife, wielding the blade by his side.
One man, 20, was taken to hospital and treated for stab injuries to his leg after the incident, which occurred around 7.35pm on Saturday evening.
He was taken to hospital for treatment before being discharged.
He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of affray and taken into custody and then released on bail.
Seven other people aged 19-26 were also arrested on charges ranging from suspicion of GBH to affray.
Enquiries are ongoing.
May 8- Young man hospitalised following stabbing in Croydon
A young man was hospitalised after being stabbed in the back at Thornton Heath train station on Saturday (May 8).
London Ambulance Service (LAS) attended the scene and an air ambulance landed in a nearby Iceland car park.
According to the Thornton Heath Chronicle, eyewitnesses reported seeing the victim being stretchered into the air ambulance.
A police cordon was erected around the scene, closing down Brigstock Road while officers positioned themselves around the station.
MyLondon approached the British Transport Police for an update on his condition.
A spokesman said: “The victim suffered a stab wound to his back, and was treated at a local hospital over the weekend where he remains.”
May 9- Body of a new-born baby discovered in water of Grand Union Canal
The body of a new born baby was found in the water of the Grand Union canal, in Old Oak Lane, Willesden on Sunday (May 9) afternoon.
Police officers rushed to the location along with London Ambulance Service (LAS), who pronounced the baby dead at the scene.
A police cordon is now in place, preventing pedestrians and boats from using the canal North of the Old Oak Lane Bridge.
Two canal boat owners in the area were asked to leave by police, and told they would be updated further at 7pm.
A queue of eight to 10 boats has formed, with boats being forced to back up by the Grand Junction Arms pub on Acton Lane.
An urgent investigation is underway to establish the circumstances.
Willesden Police are urging the baby’s mother to seek medical assistance via 999.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting the reference 3589/09.