Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Concern over 'violent scourge' as London murder stats overtake New York

Concern over 'violent scourge' as London murder stats overtake New York

London Met Police said that a 17-year-old girl died after she was found with gunshot wounds in Tottenham.

Press Association Teenager Tanesha Melbourne was gunned down in Chalgrove Road Tottenham, north London, shortly before 9.30pm on Monday.

A woman who knew the murdered girl said the victim was "just chilling with her friends" when she was shot from a vehicle for "no reason at all".

Tanesha Melbourne, 17, was shot in the chest as she stepped out of her house through a vehicle window in Tottenham after being caught in the crossfire.

Including January's figures, NY had still experienced more murders so far this year than London.

There were 15 murders in February and a record 22 in March.

NY and London have similar-size populations of around 8.5 million each.

Acting detective chief inspector Glenn Butler, from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: 'I fully appreciate the alarm, shock and revulsion caused by this murder and other fatal shootings we have seen across London over the last few months.

"The Mayor is deeply concerned by violent crime in the capital - every life lost to violent crime is a tragedy", a spokeswoman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement on Tuesday.

London's murder rate has overtaken New York's for the first time in modern history, it has been claimed. Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy said the 16-year-old had been shot in the face.

After the latest killing of Tanesha and Amaan, police confirmed a Section 60 - an intelligence led pre-authorised power to stop and search - has been in place since Monday and will be until at least the early hours of Wednesday.

London mayor Sadiq Khan has also been brought under fire for the recent epidemic, with his critics believing there is a lot more he could do to protect the capital city's citizens.

Latest government figures cited by the Daily Mail suggest you are nearly six times more likely to be burgled in London than NY, and 11/2 times more likely to be robbed.

'A crime scene is in place. "The government is determined to do everything it can to break the cycle".

'The UK has some of the toughest gun laws in the world and we are determined to keep it that way'.

A Downing Street spokesman said: "These are all tragic cases and our thoughts are with the families of the victims".

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick recently blamed social media for the soaring rate of knife crime in the United Kingdom, saying trivial disputes could escalate into violence "within minutes" when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet.

"It makes faster, it makes it harder for people to cool down", she told the Times. The national government has been run by the Conservatives since 2010, with Prime Minister Theresa May previously serving as interior minister from 2010 to 2016.

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