With last year being London's bloodiest in almost a decade, as the number of homicides reached 134, the plague of knife crime is not nearing its end.
How many knife deaths have there been in London so far this year?
Two people were fatally stabbed in separate knife attacks in the capital, in the first six hours of 2019.
The first knife murder victim of the new year was Charlotte Huggins, 33, who died in Camberwell, London, just after 4am on January 1.
The Met Police said that cops were called by the London Ambulance Service to a home on John Ruskin Street at 4.20am, to a report of a stabbing.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, Charlotte was pronounced dead at the scene at 4.50am.
A post mortem examination gave the young mum's cause of death as a single stab wound.
A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and has been bailed to return in mid-January.
The second person to be killed was a Romanian bouncer, Tudor Simionov, who was stabbed to death by gatecrashers outside a New Year's Eve party in London's exclusive Mayfair area.
The Bucharest man had moved to the UK just two months ago for a better life.
He was attacked while working as a doorman at a £12.5million central London townhouse.
Tudor was pronounced dead at about 6am on January 1.
Shocking video footage captured outside the party shows Tudor being mobbed by thugs seconds before he was stabbed to death.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the West End homicide.
On January 8 a Jayden Moody, 14, died after being stabbed in Waltham Forest after his moped was rammed off the road, witnesses have claimed.
On January 31 Nedim Bilgin, 17, died in the street on Caledonian Road, North London, after being stabbed in the chest at around 7pm.
Have any other people been attacked in London in 2019?
A mum in her 30s was fighting for her life and two others were wounded in a triple stabbing in broad daylight in East London on January 5.
She was attacked in front of her two children near Capworth Street in Leyton.
Witnesses claim the children's father is among the injured.
Not too far away in Newham, a 26-year-old victim was found suffering from knife wounds on the same day and he was rushed to hospital where he was fighting for his life.
Two other men – also security guards – aged 37 and 29, and a woman, aged 29, were also stabbed at the private party in Park Lane. They were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.
The Met Police said they had suffered "significant injuries".
They had come to Tudor's aid during the attack.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge said the dead man "and the two injured males were working as security staff for the party; they were attacked by a group of males who were outside trying to enter the venue.
"The female was also attacked as she assisted the security staff in closing the front door of the premises.
"This shocking incident happened just hours into a New Year."
A man aged 26 has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody at a central London police station.
Also in the capital, a female reveller in her mid-20s was shot in the leg as she partied with pals in a club.
The incident happened at Visions Video Bar in Hackney, East London, before 5am.
The woman was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
How many stabbings were there in London in 2018?
Figures from London's Metropolitan police showed that knife crime surged by 16 per cent in the capital year-on-year in 2018, as Britain's crime epidemic continues.
There were 1,299 stabbings in London up to the end of April, according to official statistics from the Met Police.
In 2017-18, there were 137 knife offences for every 100,000 people in the capital.
2018 was London’s bloodiest year in almost a decade as the murder toll reached 134.
Did crime increase in the UK in 2018?
The number of murders in the UK increased from 649 in 2017 to 739 in 2018 – rocketing by 14 per cent, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Knife crime is up at eight per cent and violent crimes up by 19 per cent.
Chief Constable Bill Skelly, National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) lead for crime recording and statistics, said: "Rising crime, increased terrorist activity and fewer police officers have put serious strain on the policing we offer to the public.
"We are determining the additional capabilities and investment we need to drive down violence and catch more criminals – and we will make the case at the next Government Spending Review."
Figures at a glance
- The number of homicides, including murder and manslaughter, have risen from 649 to 730 – an increase of 14 per cent
- Knife crime has also increased by eight per cent
- The number of admissions to hospital for assault involving a sharp instrument have increased by 15 per cent
- The rate of robberies have increased by 17 per cent
- Police have recorded an increase of 41 per cent relating to stalking and harassment offences
- Overall crime from 12 months to the end of September 2018 went up by seven per cent to a total of 5,723,182
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