UK: Girl shot dead in London

London murder rate now beats New York after surge of stabbings

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on knife crime, told the BBC's Today programme that the United Kingdom should follow New York's example in tackling violent crime.

The killing of a 20-year-old man leaving a bar in Wandsworth, south London, in the early hours of Easter Sunday had taked this year's fatal stabbing toll to 31.

A spokesman said: "A girl, aged 17, was found at the scene with a gun shot wound".

The girl's kin has been informed of her death.

"I tried to save her at the time".

"Despite the best efforts of London Ambulance Service, she was pronounced dead at the scene at 22:43hrs".

She added: "She didn't deserve that".

Cops confirmed this morning there has been no arrests and they do not believe the shootings to be linked.

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Confirming the first incident in Tottenham, Met Police said it was called at approximately 9.30pm to reports of a shooting.

The number of murders being investigated by Scotland Yard in London has surpassed NY for the first time, according to latest figures released for February and March.

A 16-year-old ten is in hospital in critical condition after being shot.

A recent Independent analysis found that fatal stabbings are happening in London every three days, driven by a resurgence of conflict between the city's gangs.

The 23-year-old was taken to hospital by a friend whom he managed to call after being stabbed in the neck, but died of his injuries later in the evening.

In contrast, London's Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has been gradually scaling back its pre-emptive measures, specifically stop-and-search ops, due to accusations of political incorrectness, as the operations allegedly discriminated against ethnic minorities, who were targeted by police officers more frequently.

A Downing Street spokesman said that the Government's new serious violence strategy will focus on intervention measures meant to "break the cycle" of violent crime.

Gun-related crime also went up by a fifth year-on-year, to 6,694 recorded offences. "They do not obey the laws against guns, knives or murder and mayhem".

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