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London 6 Stabbings Reported Thursday in Spree of Attacks

London 6 Stabbings Reported Thursday in Spree of Attacks

Bloodied clothes on the ground near the scene in Grove Road, Mile End, east London following reports of a stabbing. (Press Association via AP Images)

By    |   Friday, 06 April 2018 02:12 PM

London saw six stabbings Thursday night in a continued spree of attacks that have some concerned about the safety of the streets there, The Guardian reported.

Five of the six who were attacked were teenagers, and all were admitted to hospitals Thursday night after the incidents, the newspaper said. One, a 13-year-old boy, suffered serious wounds after he was stabbed in East London, according to The Guardian.

Three youths had been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm in connection with that attack, Newham police told The Guardian.

"A lot of the children feel disenfranchised; they don't feel they belong," Pauline Pearce, a community activist and Hackney mayoral candidate for the Liberal Democrats, told the rally against the violence Thursday, adding that she believed the violence was partly due to young people feeling "disenfranchised" by their environments, The Guardian reported.

"They haven't really got a meaning. They don't feel that they have that connection to society, so a lot of things go wrong for them and sadly this is the sort of retaliation that comes," Pearce continued.

The Telegraph reported that two 15-year-old boys were listed in serious condition in a hospital following a stabbing in Mile End around an hour earlier. A man believed to be in his 20s was stabbed in Billet Road in Walthamstow, at around 12:50 p.m., authorities told the publication.

People had come together at Hackney Central station Thursday evening near where Israel Igunsola, 18, was stabbed to death the night before, The Telegraph wrote. That murder came after the deaths of Amaan Shakoor, 16, and Tanesha Melbourne, 17, on April 2, The Telegraph reported.

Metropolitan Police reported that a man, 30, was arrested Thursday in connection with Melbourne's murder, The Guardian wrote. Tower Hamlet police told The Telegraph that a 16-yearold, who was hospitalized with minor injuries, was also arrested for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily hard.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan criticized the government for policing budget cuts in the midst of the stabbing and murder spree, calling the deaths "heartbreaking," The Telegraph reported.

"I think one murder is one too many," Khan said, per The Telegraph. "Since 2014 we have seen an increase in violent crime in London and across the country. Already in the last seven years we have lost £700 million from the policing budget. Over the next three years the Government plans to cut another £300 million. That's a billion pounds worth of cuts. So my message to the government is please work with us to solve this national problem."

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Six stabbings in London on Thursday are latest in a recent spike in violent crime in England's capital city.
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