These are the terrifying blades police have seized in London in just one week – as the country’s knife crime epidemic is revealed.
Police forces across the capital have used their social media accounts to highlight the deadly blades they have confiscated.
In just one week, 15 of the weapons, which range from a meat cleaver to a frightening lock knife have been seized by police, and the amount taken could well be more than this selection posted online.
It comes as the true scale of the knife crime epidemic engulfing the county is revealed after two teenagers, a Girl Scout and a pupil at a top private school, were stabbed to death in Wild West Britain at the weekend.
During a weapons sweep police in Regents Park found a meat cleaver and small amount of cannabis
Police in Haringey arrested two people this morning for possession of an offensive weapon. They were seen with a knife in the N15 area
After walking past a plain clothes officer with a joint in his mouth a male was searched and allegedly found to be in possession of a knife
Firearms officers were called to assist Greenwich Police a number of males involved in a large fight involving knives where people had been injured
Charlton Police received calls to a male with a knife in Abbey Wood, and chased a male matching the description, then recovering this knife
Islington Police search an individual who was found with a large quantity of cash, pills and a knife
The assortment of knives recovered by police officers in Camden, Islington, Shoreditch, Enfield, Haringey and Charlton come as new statistics show the number of under-16s treated in hospital for stab wounds has nearly doubled in five years.
Doctors are battling to save three children a day on average as knife crime rates soar to the highest level since the Second World War.
The figures revealed:
- A total of 347 under-16s were taken to A&E with stab wounds last year, up from 180 in 2012-13
- The number of child knife killers has risen by 77 per cent in two years
- Knife-point robberies by teenagers have leapt by more than 50 per cent in the same period, and the number of teens carrying out knife-point rapes has surged by a third
These weapons were found in a rucksack by Camden Police and wwere discarded by a group of males running from police
Plain clothes patrolling Shoreditch & observed a male acting suspiciously, he made off and was swiftly detained, found in possession of cannabis and this nasty looking lock knife
Enfield Town police recovered this large kitchen knife in the park near the Enfield Town Library
This knife was found by a resident and was seized and destroyed by police in Enfield
Lambeth police chased a male who made off on foot and seized this knife and cannabis
On late patrols, officers from the Brentford team arrested a male for possession of class B drug and possession of an offensive weapon (left). Officers in Camden found a this knife concealed in some stairs at a local estate
Haringey Police without a doubt saved a life if not lives after finding this zombie-style blade
Haringey Police arrested two people for possession of this blue handled steak knife
It comes as yet more shocking violence erupted on Britain’s streets at the weekend.
Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed in the back as she sat on a park bench with her boyfriend in Romford, east London, on Friday night.
Yesterday her distraught mother laid flowers at the scene as relatives said they were struggling to come to terms with a ‘random and unprovoked’ attack on a ‘beautiful, lovely and quirky young girl with her whole life in front of her’.
In another horrific attack, Manchester Grammar School pupil Yousef Makki, also 17, was stabbed to death in the Cheshire village of Hale Barns on Saturday. Police were quizzing two 17-year-old private school pupils yesterday.
The murders follow the fatal stabbings of three teenagers in a fortnight in Birmingham, which led to West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson declaring a ‘national emergency’.
New statistics show that knife crime has soared to its highest level since the Second World War
Jodie Chesney, 17, (left and right) was stabbed to death on Friday night in Romford, East London
Sajid Javid will meet police chiefs to discuss violent crime amid a series of brutal stabbings around the country.
The Home Secretary will chair the Chief Constables roundtable following the high-profile deaths of two 17-year-olds.
The event on Wednesday will include police chiefs from the areas most affected by knife crime.
An investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches into Wild West Britain, to be broadcast tonight, looked at hospital and police data to uncover the shocking rise in children being caught up in knife crime
NHS data shows that 1,029 teenagers aged 19 or under were treated for assaults with knives or other sharp objects across England and Wales last year – up from 55 per cent from five years ago.
Yousef Makki, 17, also died from stab wounds on Saturday night. Two private school pupils are being questioned in relation to the incident
More than two-thirds of the knife-related injuries were treated in hospitals outside London, the NHS Digital figures show. It follows Office of National Statistics data showing there is almost twice as much knife crime outside of London compared to in the capital.
Separate police data obtained by the programme under Freedom of Information laws demonstrates that the number of teenage perpetrators of crimes involving blades has also risen.
The number of knife killers under the age of 18 leapt by 77 per cent between 2016 and 2018, from 26 offenders to 46.
A breakdown of age-related data from 21 police forces shows that the proportion of youths committing knife-point robberies has increased by 50 per cent, from 656 offences in 2016 to 999 in 2018. In the same period, the number of teenage rapes and sexual assaults using a knife increased from 24 to 33.
Lord Hogan-Howe told Dispatches: ‘I have to admit to being shocked by the huge rise in the number of young people being stabbed.
‘It’s incredibly worrying and something we should all be concerned about… This is clearly a national crisis.’
The retired top officer called for an extra 20,000 police officers to flood socially deprived areas, saying: ‘We need to increase police numbers in these places and reduce the drug supply into the UK and its distribution, including by county lines.
‘Our technology is in the Dark Ages. What we need is great facial recognition and behavioural science software that helps officers to find who and when to search.’
Britain’s Knife Crisis: Young, Armed and Dangerous, tonight at 8pm, Channel 4.
The full list of 20 murders in London so far this year – including five in just the last week
Here is a list of of the 20 murders in London so far in 2019:
- January 1: Charlotte Huggins, 33, is believed to have been the first homicide victim in London in 2019. She was stabbed in Camberwell, south-east London, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
- January 1: Later that day, security guard Tudor Simionov, also 33, was stabbed to death at about 5.30am as he tried to prevent gatecrashers storming a private party in Park Lane, central London.
- January 4: Simbiso Aretha Moula, 39, was found murdered in her home in Rainham, east London. Her husband, Garikayi Moula, was found hanged. Police were not seeking anyone else in connection with the murder.
- January 5: Sarah Ashraf, 35, was found dead in a home in the Isle of Dogs, east London. A 32-year-old man was charged with murder.
- January 8: Just 14 years old, Jaden Moodie was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death in Leyton, east London.
- January 11: Asma Begum, 31, was found with a neck injury in a property City Island Way, Tower Hamlets. A 46-year-old man was charged with murder.
- January 27: Kamil Malysz, 34, was found stabbed to death in a shared house in Acton, west London.
- January 29: Nedim Bilgin, 17, was the victim of a knife attack in Caledonian Road, Islington, north London.
- February 3: A 46-year-old man was found dead at a medical facility in Highgate, north London. A 21-year-old was charged with murder.
- February 5: Lejean Richards, 19, was fatally stabbed in Battersea, south-west London.
- February 10: A man, believed to be in his 30s, was found fatally stabbed in East Dulwich, south-east London.
- February 18: Bright Akinleye dies after walking into a hotel reception in Camden, north London, with stab wounds.
- February 19: Brian Wieland, 69, found dead with multiple head injuries at his home in Chingford, east London.
- February 21: Glendon Spence, 23, was killed outside a youth club in Brixton, south London. Police have charged two 17-year-olds with murder.
- February 22: Kamali Gabbidon-Lynck, 19, was murdered in Wood Green, Haringey. Police said that he and a another man, aged 20, were both found with stab wounds.
- February 25: Spaniard David Lopez-Fernandez, 38, was pronounced dead after being found with stab wounds at an address in Globe Road in Tower Hamlets, east London. A 36-year-old man was charged with murder.
- February 26: Che Morrison, 20, died after being stabbed to death outside Ilford station in east London.
- March 1: Jodie Chesney, 17, was stabbed to death in an east London park.
- March 2: A 50-year-old was found dead with fatal knife injuries at a property in Hendon, north-west London. A 54-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion murder.
- March 2: A baby girl, aged three months, was found dead at a residential address in Croydon. A 40-year-old woman has been charged with murder.