Two shot in New Cross during Bank Holiday violence

Police are still investigating the shootings of two men in New Cross     Pic: Grace Goslin

Two men are being treated in hospital after separate shooting attacks in Lewisham within a 24-hour period.

The first incident on May 6 took place near Besson Street on New Cross Road where the victim, 22, was believed to be shot by two male moped drivers.

Police were flagged down by a pedestrian at around 6:30pm and the victim was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service shortly after.

The second attack on May 7 took place in John Williams Close where a food delivery driver was shot.

Police were called at around 4:50pm and arrived with paramedics who treated the 30-year-old victim at the scene before he was taken to a south London hospital.

Both victims are still being treated for what are reported as being non life-threatening conditions.

Police in Lewisham are currently investigating the cases but no arrests have been made.

The Bank Holiday weekend saw a spate of violent incidents across the capital, leaving three people dead after six shootings and several stabbings.

London has had a total of 64 murders since January 2018 and has overtaken New York, which has seen 50 murders since the start of the year.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has received criticism for the recent surges in knife and gun crime in London with the hashtag #GetKhanOut trending on twitter.

Khan has said that City Hall will invest a further £110 million into the Met to increase police numbers. There will also be a new £45 million fund to help deal with the causes of violent crime and supporting young people to prevent criminality.

The London Mayor said: “Keeping Londoners safe is my top priority – I remain in constant contact with the Metropolitan Police and am reassured that they are doing everything they can to bring those responsible to justice and to keep us all safe.

“However, the police service in London, like the rest of the country, is overstretched and under-resourced.

“Violent crime has been rising across the country since 2014 and the Government is failing in their basic duty to keep people safe – imposing cuts of £1bn on the Met Police which risk sending police numbers to historically low levels.

“The Home Office’s own evidence shows you cannot keep cutting without consequences, and violent crime devastates communities and ruins lives.

“As Mayor I’m doing all I can to compensate for the failure of ministers.”

Former detective chief inspector in the Metropolitan police, Peter Kirkham, said the cuts are not the fault of Khan but due to government cuts and “not just cuts to police, cuts to youth services, care provision, social services, community groups. You name it, the list is pretty endless.”

Kirkham told EastLondonLines: “I think that is basically Tory lies. It’s been driven by the local election campaign and they’ve obviously had a decision to deflect from the fact of central government cuts that they will just blame him. He might not have helped in some ways, he might be able to do more, but he’s done an awful lot with what he’s got.”

To find out more about what the Mayor is doing to tackle violent crime, click here

Anyone who has witnessed the incidents, or has information regarding suspects should call Trident officers on 101. To remain anonymous call Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.

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