Two young men were stabbed to death less than a mile apart in Camden last night

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Last night, two young men were last night stabbed to death within half a mile of one another in North West London and murder investigations have now launched. This has been noted in the press as the deadliest night of knife violence since New Year’s Eve, when four young men died. This will be the sixth teenage stabbing that resulted in death since the beginning of 2018.

A 17-year-old boy died in the street after being “jumped” outside a corner shop in Kentish Town, Camden at 8.30pm last night.

Less than two hours later, at 10.15pm, police were called to the scene where a man, thought to be 20, was found suffering fatal knife wounds following an incident in nearby Malden Road, Belsize Park.

There were also unconfirmed reports of a number of other stabbings across Camden as police imposed blanket stop and search powers across the borough.

The deaths came just two nights after a fatal stabbing in west London.

Police found Lewis Blackman, 19, of Camden, with knife wounds at around 3.20am on Sunday.

The 17-year-old boy was attacked yards from his home on the Peckwater estate, where 200 mourners had gathered on Sunday after Lewis Blackman, 19, was stabbed to death in Earl’s Court.

Shocked family and friends gathered at the NW5 Community Play Project late last night as police sealed off the scene at the corner of Islip Street and Bartholomew Road.

One resident, who wished to remain anonymous said: “The boy was playing football on the green just after 7pm. I see him playing football every day and going to school, and he went to the shop to get a drink.

“I heard there was blue van and someone jumped on him, and he got stabbed.

“He just went to the corner shop to get a drink and now he’s just lying there. They put pictures of his dead body on the internet and there’s a scorecard going around.”

The Metropolitan Police said there had been no arrests in either investigation.

Sadiq Khan, our Mayor of London has said of the tragedies that the latest fatalities represented “two more lives needlessly lost to knife crime”. “All Londoners need to know that it is simply not acceptable to carry a knife – you are putting yourself and others at risk – and you will be caught and face the full force of the law,” he said.

Mr Khan added: “We are doing everything we can from City Hall to tackle the scourge of knife crime. However, [it] is rising across the UK, not just here in London – this is a national problem that requires national solutions. Londoners need the Government’s help if we are to beat it.”

It seems like empty words, but genuinely, my thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by these tragedies, we must do more to stop knife crime in London which is on the rise, please all stay safe.

 

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