Nearly 20 young people shot or stabbed each week last year in London
Shock figures: Nearly a thousand young people were shot or stabbed in London last year
Justin Davenport, Crime Editor
Published: 02 June 2014
Updated: 12:41, 02 June 2014
Nearly a thousand young people were shot or stabbed in London last year, according to shock new figures released today.
The statistics from London’s ambulance service reveal paramedics were called to 973 victims under the age of 25 suffering a gun or knife wound in 2013.
Most of the injuries - 850 - were caused by knives, with 123 young people being shot. The majority of cases are believed to be linked to gangs.
The figures were released as the Mayor hosted a Gangs Summit at City Hall today on the challenges of tackling gang crime in world cities.
They come after an 18-year-old was stabbed to death in a clash between two gangs in Sydenham at the weekend.
The latest injury figures, contained in a report on the Mayor’s gangs strategy, underline the scale of gang violence in the capital.
Police also admit the figures may not reflect the full extent of the problem with many less serious injuries caused by knives and even guns going unreported by gang members.
At the same time police say they have cut gang crime by 23 per cent in the last year and claim the number of gangs and gang members has fallen in the past two years.
The latest intelligence estimates there are 3,495 gang members in London - compared to 4,800 in February 2012 - and a total of 224 gangs, compared to 250.
Speaking today Boris Johnson claimed London had “turned a corner with gang crime” but pledged to do more to prevent young people being drawn into gangs.
Mr Johnson said : “London has turned a corner with gang crime and serious youth violence down in the capital but I recognise we have more to do. This is about taking a nose to tail approach - not just looking at an endgame, with young people already involved in criminality and the criminal justice system.
“It is working to ensure they are not drawn into gang culture in the first place and make it easier to leave when they are already involved. “
New police figures released today show around 200 gang members have been identified as the most violent and dangerous in London, half of whom are in prison.
A total of 183 gangs were linked to more than one offence in the last 12 months while 58 gangs were deemed “particularly active” accounting for two thirds of all gang crime in London.
Other figures show that a typical gang member commits a total of nine offences and on average they are 15 when they first offend.
The majority of gang members on the Met’s ‘matrix database’ are aged between 17 and 23 and almost all are male - just 40 women are on the list.
The report also highlights how 61 per cent of all gang members have been victims of ordinary crime, around half of them victims of violence.
A study by the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime found increasing recognition of a high incidence of “mental well-being problems” with gang members - brought on by the emotional trauma of exposure to violence.
It also highlighted a lack of “exit services” for gang members and said more should be done to intervene in schools and among families to prevent young people joining gangs.
The report also warns that gangs are becoming less territorial and “more concerned with income generation, such as the sale of drugs.”
The Mayor pledged to spend £3 million-a-year funding 25 gang projects in London over the next four years.
He also declared he had reached a target to pair 1,000 at-risk young Londoners with personal mentors.
Speakers included Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, a senior New York police officer and experts on gang violence.
Sir Bernard said: “It has been over two years since we launched the Trident Gang Crime Command and we have seen significant successes with reductions in gang crime, in particular stabbings and shootings.
“However, we have acknowledged for some time that despite our achievements we cannot solve London’s gang problem with enforcement alone. We have to continue to do two things with equal ruthlessness. Divert those who can be diverted and enforce the law against those who continue to commit crime."
Maniac stabbed pregnant sex worker to death minutes after knife-point robbery of partially sighted man
Jun 03, 2014 09:07
By Jessica Best
Farooq Shah killed mum-of-one Mariana Popa after going out armed with a knife and looking for victims
Senseless killing: Mariana Popa was murdered by Farooq Shah
A man has been found guilty of stabbing a pregnant sex worker to death in a "cold blooded and senseless" murder.
Farooq Shah, 21, killed mum-of-one Mariana Popa just an hour after holding up a partially sighted man in a terrifying knife-point robbery streets away.
Police said Shah went out in Redbridge, north east London, on the night of October 28 last year armed with a knife, with the intention of using it to cause someone serious injury.
Detective Inspector Darren Richards said he had already threatened and robbed a vulnerable man with a blade in Upton Park, and was hanging round the "looking for another victim" when he killed Ms Popa.
Emergency services were called to the Ilford Lane shortly after midnight to reports of an injured woman, who was found with stab wounds to the chest.
She was identified as Romanian Ms Popa, 24 - a sex worker who was in the early stages of pregnancy when she died, and also had a six-year-old daughter.
DI Richards said: "(Shah) killed Mariana because she was there, because he thought he could get away with it. In doing so, he has deprived a young daughter of her mother."
Investigating the murder, officers reviewed hundreds of hours of CCTV footage, some of which captured the murder taking place.
Images showed Ms Popa, who had only been in the UK a number of weeks, walking along with a man on a bicycle before he is seen taking a knife from his back pocket and stabbing her twice in the chest.
He makes off on his bike, while Ms Popa collapses at a nearby shop.
After tracking down Shah's bike, police arrested him at his home in November.
He was found guilty of murder, and will be sentenced later this month.
Man 'fighting for his life' in hospital after stabbing in north London street
Published: 04 June 2014
Updated: 08:12, 05 June 2014
A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being stabbed in a north London street.
The victim, who police said is in his 20s, was attacked at about 2.30pm this afternoon in Horsell Road, Islington.
Pictures on Twitter show London's Air Ambulance landing close to where the incident took place and paramedics working on the pavement.
Stabbing incident just now off Holloway road, Drayton Park. Islington. Ambulance have just taken the injured. pic.twitter.com/V6tjegWOta
— Havva Murat (@Havva_Murat) June 4, 2014
A spokesman for the London Ambulance Service (LAS) said they sent an ambulance, a single responder in a car, a duty officer and London's Air Ambulance to the scene and took the man to an east London hospital.
Motorists are being advised to avoid the surrounding roads.
Officers from Islington police have cordoned off Holloway Road at the junction with Palmer Place.
No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing, Scotland Yard said.
Anyone with information should call police on 101.
Woman suffers 'life changing burns' to her face in acid attack on street
Jun 05, 2014 13:50
By Charlotte Wareing
The 22-year-old woman remains in hospital on the Isle of Wight following the attack in the early hours of yesterday morning
A woman is being treated in hospital for serious burns after she had acid thrown in her face.
The 22-year-old is at a specialist burns unit following the attack, which happened in Sandown on the Isle of Wight in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Local reports suggest the attack happened outside the Royal China Restaurant in Sandown.
A 48-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
A spokesman for Hampshire police said: "A 22-year-old woman from Sandown remains in a specialist burns unit, where she is undergoing treatment for serous facial burns, believed to be caused by a corrosive liquid.
"Police believe this is an isolated incident and are not looking for anyone else in relation to this attack."
A 24-year-old woman, arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been bailed until next week pending further inquiries.
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Outrage as 'anti-homeless spikes' spotted outside London building
Jun 07, 2014 13:37
By Mikey Smith
The spikes, designed to prevent vagrants from sleeping in doorways have sparked anger on Twitter after photos of a London doorway went viral
Metal spikes designed to stop homeless people sheltering in doorways have caused outrage, after photographs of a London building went viral.
The property, a building of flats on Southwark Bridge Road, has a series of at least 17 inch long metal studs embedded in the floor of an alcove next to the doorway.
The photographs were posted on Facebook last night, before being posted on Twitter, where they have been shared thousands of times.
The pictures upset a lot of people, with many comparing them to spikes used to stop pigeons landing on buildings.
Although the anger of the internet was newly directed at these cruel devices, anti-homeless spikes are not new additions to our streets.
They've been in use for more than a decade, particularly on older, more ornate buildings where wide windowsills and ledges can seem like a relatively comfortable place to sleep.
Katharine Sacks-Jones, head of policy and campaigns at homelessness charity Crisis, said: "It is a scandal that anyone should sleep on the streets in 21st century Britain. Yet over the last three years rough sleeping has risen steeply across the country and by a massive 75% in London.
"Behind these numbers are real people struggling with a lack of housing, cuts to benefits and cuts to homelessness services to help them rebuild their lives.
"They might have suffered a relationship breakdown, a bereavement or domestic abuse. They deserve better than to be moved on to the next doorway along the street. We will never tackle rough sleeping with studs in the pavement. Instead we must deal with the causes."
Woman run over by Dorchester raid gang had bag snatched as she lay unconscious in road
Bad Samaritan: CCTV image shows the man making off with her handbag
Published: 12 June 2014
Updated: 09:31, 12 June 2014
A woman run over by a gang of robbers fleeing the scene of a raid at the Dorchester hotel had her bag snatched as she lay unconscious on the ground.
The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was crossing the road in Cambridge Circus on Tuesday morning when she was hit by the getaway vehicle. She was flung six feet into the air before landing 20 feet along the road, with the moped driver failing to stop at the scene.
Callous: police are trying to trace this man
A man approached her as she lay unconscious and stole her brown leather bag, containing a purse, iPod and other personal possessions.
She was taken to a south London hospital with leg injuries and has since been discharged.
Police are appealing to witnesses to help identify the man who is white, in his mid 20s, with short dark hair and was carrying a Nike rucksack as well as a sleeping bag.
Detectives said they do not believe the man is connected to the gang.
Unconscious: an image of the scene after the woman was hit
Yesterday police released images of the suspects wanted in connection with the raid.
Five glass display cabinets in the main lobby of the hotel were smashed and expensive Harry Winston jewellery, high value watches and pieces made by Faberge were among items stolen.
The men fled hotel on three mopeds stealing an estimated £150,000 worth of stolen goods.
Designer jewellery: one of the necklaces stolen by the gang
Detective Constable Alex Flanagan said: “I am keen to trace the man seen carrying the injured woman’s handbag shortly after she had been hit by one of the fleeing mopeds.
“The victim was rendered unconscious following the collision and was in an extremely vulnerable position. We are keen to establish who this man is and are calling on the public in helping us identifying him.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
McLarens, Bentleys and Lamborghinis among 100,000 vehicles seized in London crackdown on uninsured drivers
Scotland Yard has impounded 100,000 uninsured vehicles in London since October 2011, among them McLarens, Bentleys and BMWs. But the most expensive vehicle seized by cops was the massive 72-tonne mobile crane. It was spotted being driven without a proper licence and insurance in Belgravia in January 2012.
The very thin blue line: Police spend more than £50,000 on cardboard cut-out PCs to scare away shoplifters... but most forces don't know if they work
Almost half of Britain's forces have invested in the replicas since 2008
They are designed to deter shoplifters and drivers not paying for petrol
Gwent Police spent £13,000 - 10 times more per cutout than another force
But only three forces have compiled figures on whether they are effective
Police Federation said cash must focus on frontline PCs facing huge cuts
By Dan Bloom
Published: 15:18, 14 June 2014 | Updated: 17:07, 14 June 2014
Spot the difference: Police have spent more than £50,000 on cardboard cut-outs like this one (right)
Police have spent more than £50,000 on cardboard cut-outs of themselves - despite most forces admitting they do not know if they stop crime.
The two-dimensional crime fighters are supposed to deter shoplifters and petrol thieves who think they are real PCs from a distance.
But some have become victims of crime themselves after being stolen by pranksters or vandalised.
Now MailOnline can reveal forces have bought more than 750 of the replicas - at the same time as axing more than 10,000 frontline officers.
The total was questioned by the Police Federation, which said more cash should be spent on real PCs.
'If asked any question, I will feel obliged to answer that question', says Simon Danczuk
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Sunday 22 June 2014
The MP whose book made sexual abuse allegations against the late Liberal politician Sir Cyril Smith is planning to use parliamentary privilege to make similar claims against a second, living, parliamentarian, next week.
Simon Danczuk, Labour MP for Rochdale, has told The Independent on Sunday that “if asked any question, I will feel obliged to answer that question” when he gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on 1 July. An MP on the committee has confirmed that Mr Danczuk will indeed be asked about visitors to Elm Guest House in south-west London in the 1970s and 1980s where allegations of sexual abuse and grooming of children by politicians have been made.
Mr Danczuk has previously claimed that an unnamed “influential” politician still in Parliament visited the guest house, where boys were alleged to have been groomed and abused by a paedophile ring that purportedly included Sir Cyril. Mr Danczuk told the IoS: “I’m confident there are questions to answer. I base that on quite extensive conversations I’ve had with the police.” A number of allegations have been made about events at Elm Guest House, but no charges have been brought.
The Commons committee will ask Mr Danczuk and campaigner Matthew Baker to reveal what else they understand to have happened at Elm Guest House. Mr Danczuk can use parliamentary privilege as a witness at a select committee, protecting him from being sued by whoever he names.
Mr Danczuk may also name another politician who, he believes, was involved in a separate historic child abuse scandal.
The police launched an investigation into allegations of an Elm Guest House sex ring last year, after allegations by Labour MP Tom Watson.
Earlier this month, Zac Goldsmith, the Tory MP for Richmond, called on the Home Secretary, Theresa May, to set up a panel to investigate historical sex abuse allegations. This was after it emerged that a report into abuse at the Knowl View school in Rochdale was claimed to have been suppressed.
Sir Cyril was a governor at Knowl View. He has also been accused of abuse at the Cambridge House hostel in Rochdale.
Woman aged 90 dragged off street and raped as she walked to butchers
June 25, 2014 15:15
By Steve Robson
Police are now hunting for the attacker who struck in Rochdale yesterday morning
Investigation: The woman was attacked as she walked on Spotland Road in Rochdale at around 6.45am
Police are hunting a man who dragged a 90-year-old woman off the street and raped her as she walked to the butchers.
The horrific attack happened at around 6.45am yesterday morning in broad daylight in Rochdale.
The elderly woman was walking along a busy road when she felt a hand go over her mouth and she was dragged backwards.
She lost then consciousness and awoke on the floor.
The victim then managed to walk to the butchers and raise the alarm.
The victim is now being supported by specially trained officers and detectives have launched an investigation.
Police now want to hear from anyone who may have seen the victim, and potentially the offender, on the morning of the attack.
She is white and wore a white summer dress with a flower print and a cardigan.
Due to the nature of the attack, the only description of the offender is that he was white.
Superintendent Alistair Mallen based at Rochdale, said: “I am sure the entire community will share our revulsion at this.
“The victim has been through an horrific ordeal and we are all hoping she can make a full recovery.
“She is now being supported by experienced officers and we are doing everything possible to reassure her that we will catch the man responsible.
“This kind of attack is thankfully so rare that it will naturally cause a huge amount of concern in the community.
“I now want people, including the criminal fraternity, to imagine if that had been your mum or grandma. I want to harness these feelings and use them to help the police do their job - catch this man and put him before the courts.
“So, this happened in a busy part of town at the start of a normal working day. Did you see the lady walking down Spotland Road before 7am yesterday and, if so, did you see anyone else nearby.
“It may not have struck you as significant at the time, but please, if you saw anything or anyone that you think could be relevant then please call the police.”