Man stabbed to death in Tower Hamlets during 24 hours of violence in London

A man was stabbed to death in Tower Hamlets on Saturday on afternoon amid a spate of unconnected violent incidents in the capital

London Ambulance Service called the police just before 2 p.m on Saturday. to report the stabbing of a 30-year-old in Alton Street, Poplar near Langdon Park DLR station. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after the call.

The man has not been formally named by police and no further details have been released.

The incidnets five separate attacks all over London in the space of 24 hours that left three men dead and three others injured. On Friday, two young men died within minutes from each other, an 18-year-old was stabbed in Walthamstow and a 19-year-old man was shot in Plumstead.

On Saturday morning two men were stabbed in Clapham and another in Brixton, the injuries sustained by two of them non-life-threatening and the condition of the other is unkown to the moment. The attacks are not linked.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matthew Twist, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with all the victims’ families and friends who are facing the most devastating tragedy imaginable this weekend and indeed to their wider communities.”

“We have increased the coverage of the Violent Crime Task Force in targeted areas across London this weekend and officers from across the boroughs, supported by colleagues from specialist units, will continue to undertake high-visibility patrols which will remain in place today and into the start of the week.”

The number of knife crime offences recorded in London reached almost 15,000 in 2018, an increase of more than five thousand compared with 2015. This has occurred throughout England, where knife crimes have increased by 33 per cent over the last four years, going from 23,945 offences in 2014 to almost 40,000 in 2018.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has made a series of tweets about the events, stressing his compromise to fight violent crime.

Until now, the police have made 14 arrests for the attacks, but none of them are linked to the stabbing in Tower Hamlets. Anyone who witnessed this incident or has information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting CAD4256/15JUN, Tweet @MetCC, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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