London sees weekend of bloodshed amid spike in violence in capital

August 21, 2022, 10:22 PM

Several incidents took place in the capital over the weekend.

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London has seen another weekend of violence amid a spike in crime in the capital.

On Saturday night, four men were stabbed during a fight in Brixton, with seven people arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Two people were also rushed to hospital after a shooting in north-west London in the early hours of Saturday, with a 17-year-old boy and a 21-year-old man hospitalized.

Meanwhile, a 12-year-old girl has been fighting for her life after a hit-and-run in Barnet, with police searching for two men who fled the scene on foot.

Likewise, a man is in mortal danger after another hit and run in Tower Hamlets.

A bloodied and smashed car was found near the scene on Saturday morning, apparently abandoned.

Speaking to LBC about the rise in crime earlier in the week, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “We have seen over the last few days, last week, a number of horrific killings .

“I fear that this summer we will see what we feared, which is an increase in violent crime…there are longer daylight hours, school holidays, a heat wave, etc.

“We are working with the police to quell this violence.”

He said a number of things were being done to combat the trend, including “supporting communities by giving young people constructive things to do to keep them busy this summer”.

It comes after Thomas O’Halloran, 87, was stabbed to death in Greenford earlier this week.

Police released CCTV footage of the suspect, who was later arrested on suspicion of murder.

Lee Byer, 44, appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Friday in the alleged murder of Mr O’Halloran.

He was taken into custody by Assistant District Judge Ross Cohen ahead of his next appearance at the Old Bailey on Tuesday.

The past weekend also saw a number of violent attacks:

  • A man died in Lewisham on Sunday. Sonny Booty, 36, was found dead at a residential property. A 53-year-old man has been charged with murder.
  • A 60-year-old man died in Dagenham on Sunday. A 23-year-old man has been charged with murder.
  • A shooting in Walthamstow killed a 25-year-old man on Saturday. No arrests were made.
  • A stabbing in east London left a wounded man. He was found stabbed and shots were also fired at Bohemia Place. More shots were fired nearby about an hour later, but no one else was injured. No arrests were made.