Police have arrested seven men after a major fight broke out at a South London tram stop. Three men were stabbed in the incident that took place at Gravel Hill tram stop in Croydon around 1pm yesterday, Wednesday.
The seven men were arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. This came on the same day as the Croydon ‘zombie knife’ attacker, who attacked a car with a large knife in rush hour traffic, was jailed for three and a half years after the court of appeal decided that his original suspended sentence was unduly lenient. Joshua Gardner,18, was caught on a dashcam camera hitting a car with a large knife in rush hour traffic in May.
40,000 knife crimes in England and Wales were reported in 2017/18, according to a House of Commons report published last November. London recorded the highest rate with 168 offences per 100,000 people in the year to March 2018. In Croydon 602 knife or sharp instrument offences were recorded but the report found that the borough had “the highest proportional decrease in knife crime” with incidents down 12%, a trend consistent with the latest findings from the Office for National Statistics Quarterly Crime Survey, published last week.