Frightening wave of knife attacks leave 2 dead and police attacked

Two people have died and many more injured in a worrying few days of knife attacks in the capital which culminated in police being bombarded with bottles and rocks by crowds.

And in Brixton on Wednesday night, Metropolitan Police officers were pelted with objects as they tried to restore order on an estate where a man in his 20s who was shot and stabbed.

A 17-year-old boy has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

It is just the latest in a series of violent incidents that have taken place in London over the last few days, with many attacks occurring in broad daylight.

Since Friday (May 28), there have been seven incidents of knife and gun crime in the capital leaving many Londoners in hospital and some sadly dead.

These stats make for sobering reading and it’s not even the weekend where statistically more violent crime is likely to occur.

MyLondon approached the Metropolitan Police and asked them what measures they would be taking to curb violent crime in the city.

Commander Dave McLaren, the Met’s Homicide Lead, said that Londoners could expect to see more officers deployed to ‘high risk locations’ in the immediate future.

This is a round up of the violent crime that we have reported on in London in the last week.

May 29 – Flower seller stabbed to death

Tony Eastlake, who was stabbed to death
Tony Eastlake was described as ‘a legend of Essex Road’
(Image: MPS)

The family of the man who was stabbed to death in Islington Saturday evening (May 29) have said their “hearts are broken forever” at the loss and have urged anyone with information to come forward.

Tony Eastlake, 55, was stabbed shortly before 5.30pm on Saturday, May 29.

The Metropolitan Police attended at Essex Road and London Ambulance Service provided first aid but despite their best efforts, Tony was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement his family said he was “loved by everybody in the Islington community” and remembered as “kind and caring and always laughing.”

Tony had worked on the flower stall near Essex Road station since he was 14 years old “through rain or shine” and he was always a “smiling and friendly face,” his family remembers.

Tony Eastlake pictured hours before he was killed
Tony Eastlake pictured hours before he was killed
(Image: Vanessa McNiece)

Tony leaves behind a “devastated” family including Lisa, Pauline, and his only daughter and “best friend” Paige.

Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing have charged a man.

James Peppiatt, 21, of Elmore Street, was charged with the murder on Wednesday, June 2.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, June 3.

You can read more here.

May 30 – Midday knife attack in busy Croydon street

Croydon
The police cordon in place following the stabbing on George Street in Croydon. It has since been removed
(Image: MyLondon)

A 29-year-old man was hospitalised after being stabbed in Croydon town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning (May 30).

The Met Police were called at 12.17am to reports of a stabbing in George Street, Croydon.

Officers rushed to the scene along with London Ambulance Service and discovered a man with a stab injury to his shoulder.

The victim was taken to the hospital where his condition was assessed as non-life-threatening.

So far no one has been arrested in connection with the knife attack at this early stage, the Met confirms.

Enquiries are ongoing.

You can read more here.

May 31 – 10 arrested after 18-year-old stabbed to death

Montrose Park
A forensics tent was put in place near the crime scene
(Image: David Nathan)

An 18-year-old was stabbed to death in north London on Monday evening (May 31), the Metropolitan Police confirmed.

Officers were called to Montrose Park in Edgware, and despite the best efforts of London’s Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service, the victim of a stab wound was pronounced dead at the scene.

Seven males have been arrested in connection with the incident, and are in police custody.

A spokesperson said officers were called to the scene at 5.54pm on Monday (May 31) to reports of a group of males fighting.

Upon arrival, officers found a male, 18, suffering from stab wounds.

London Air Ambulance Service and London Ambulance Service (LAS) treated the victim at the scene, but despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at 7.19pm.

Police say they are currently working to inform his next of kin and we await formal identification and a post-mortem examination.

On June 2, the spokesperson for the Met said ten males have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Eight of them have been released on bail with two remaining in custody whilst the investigation is ongoing.

You can read more here.

June 1 – Man stabbed in the face

London Air Ambulance landed in Lewisham Park in response to the Hither Green Lane stabbing
(Image: Ed Ewing)

A man was fighting for his life in hospital on Tuesday night (June 1) after being stabbed in the face in South London.

Police were approached by a man suffering from a stab wound on Hither Green Lane in Lewisham at 7.38pm.

The victim, a man aged 23, was taken to a South London hospital where his condition has been assessed as life threatening at this stage, according to the Met Police.

A section 60 stop and search order was put in place in Lewisham at 7.50pm until 7am on Wednesday, June 2.

You can read more here.

June 1- Teen chased through Hyde Park and stabbed

The attack took place in Hyde Park at around 9pm last night
(Image: Twitter)

A 17-year-old boy was attacked and stabbed with foot-long knives in Hyde Park on Tuesday night (June 1).

Investigating police say the man’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

No arrests have been made in connection with the attack, which happened at around 9pm.

Hyde Park was busy at the time, with large crowds sitting out in the sun.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and a cordon was put in place around the spot where the attack happened.

In a statement the Met said the victim had been taken to hospital.

They said: “Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended.

“They found a male, believed to be aged 17 years old, suffering from stab injuries.

“He has been taken to hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

“At this early stage, there have been no arrests and enquiries continue.”

Witnesses have been urged to contact the Met Police and anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference Cad 7861/01Jun

You can read more here.

June 2- Boy ‘stabbed 3 times in the shoulder’

Investigations are still ongoing
Investigations are still ongoing
(Image: Twitter: @kamal4268))

Police were called to the scene after reports of a stabbing in Poplar on Wednesday afternoon (June 3).

A man running an ice cream van at the scene who says he witnessed the attack said he saw the victim get “stabbed three times in the shoulder”.

But when officers arrived at the scene at Bartlett Park in East London no victim could be located.

A Met police spokesperson said they were “called at 15:47hrs […] to reports of a stabbing”.

The ice cream man said the victim was in his late teens or early twenties.

He told My London that there was a fight between four or five boys, they bought ice cream from him then started fighting right behind his ice cream van and “one just pulled out a big knife”.

Enquiries continue.

You can read more here.

June 2- Police attacked as teen arrested in Brixton

Police were shouting ‘get back’ at the huge crowds as they were pelted by rocks and bottles
(Image: Twitter: @ediz1975)

Police were pelted with bottles and rocks as they moved in on a South London estate to try to make an attempted murder arrest.

A 17-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man in his 20s was reportedly shot and stabbed in Brixton last night.

Police were called to Moorland Road by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) at 9.37pm, Wednesday, June 2.

Officers were approached by a large group of people and objects were thrown towards them.

Police told My London this morning there are no reports of serious injuries to police officers. Dramatic video footage shows officers carrying riot shields storming Southwyck House.

Officers from the Territorial Support Group attempted and worked to disperse the crowds.

A crime scene is in place and a police presence remains in the area for the reassurance of local residents.

You can read more here.

‘More officers will be deployed to high risk locations’

MyLondon approached the Metropolitan Police and asked them what measures they would be taking to curb violent crime in the city.

Commander Dave McLaren, the Met’s Homicide Lead, said: “Any life lost through violence in London is devastating, and these senseless incidents remind us why targeting violent crime must continue to be our top policing priority.

“The traumatic impact of these crimes on victim’s families, friends, and wider communities remains at the centre of why we do what we do.

“I want to reassure Londoners that you can expect to see more officers being deployed to high risk locations to carry out a range of activity – all aimed at pursuing violent offenders, taking weapons off the streets and keeping communities safe.

“I urge anyone to share any piece of information about violent crime they may have. No matter how small or insignificant you think it is – it could save a life.”

Do you think the Metropolitan Police needs to do more to curb violent crime in the capital? Let us know in the comments here.

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