As London’s leftist mayor Sadiq Khan focuses on political grandstanding, approving the display of a giant inflatable “Trump baby” as President Donald Trump arrived for an official visit, his city continues to be plagued by violent crime. In June, a stabbing was reported almost every day, and the unfortunate trend looks like it will continue in July.
On Thursday, a 17-year-old girl was fatally stabbed on a sunny afternoon in the streets of South London.
Stabbed to death in broad daylight
Slightly after 12 p.m., emergency personnel received reports of a stabbing at a residence on Brisbane Street, Camberwell. They arrived to find a teenage girl bleeding badly from puncture wounds.
Paramedics and London’s Air Ambulance proceeded to administer life-saving procedures, which, despite their best efforts, proved unsuccessful. At 1:02 pm, the girl was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident is currently under investigation by Scotland Yard, who has informed the girl’s next of kin of her death. The agency is awaiting formal identification, as well as the results of the post-mortem examination.
The renowned police force, thus far, has not only found the murder weapon but also has a suspect in custody. 21-year-old Oluwasey Dada, of Camberwell, was arrested at the scene of the crime and has been charged with manslaughter.
According to police, Dada and the victim were known to each other. Dada is expected to appear at South London magistrates court on Saturday.
The fatal knife attack comes just a day after Sir Christopher Meyer, formerly an ambassador to the U.S., was assaulted and severely injured by two teens at London’s Victoria Station Wednesday. Outraged at the attack, his wife said, “I think we really need to stop this, if you can’t walk in London because of fear of being attacked brutally,” adding, “We need to look at the facts and start doing something more aggressive against this type of violence… we need to be tougher.”
Soaring number of knife attacks
Theft, burglary, rape, homicide, and gun crime are all currently on the rise in London. But perhaps most troubling is the sharp increase in knife attacks.
The Sun, citing official Met Police statistics, reported that from January to April of this year there have been no less than 1,296 stabbings. If that number isn’t sufficiently staggering, consider what it will be when recent months are added in, June in particular, which averaged roughly one stabbing report per day.
Of the countless knife attacks that have occurred this year in London, 51 have been fatal, which includes Thursday’s.
Many, including Trump, have blamed London’s crime wave on the city’s leftist Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan. “I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in,” said the U.S. president, who is currently in the U.K. to meet with Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Theresa May.
Khan responded by saying crime was rising across the U.K. and blamed the underfunding of law enforcement.
But London businessman Mark Wright, winner of the U.K. version of The Apprentice, agreed with the criticism, telling Fox News, “I’m a bit ashamed to be living in Britain today with how Sadiq Khan has led the city carry on with Trump here. He’s the worst mayor we had in history in London. It’s easier now to get a knife or a deadly weapon than it’s to get Starbucks. You can get a knife anywhere here at the moment.”