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A look at knife crime rates in London

London had the highest number of knife offences nationally in 2023.

Statistics from the Metropolitan Police revealed a total of 67 knife-related homicides and 13,503 knife-related incidents across all ages recorded in 2023, the highest number recorded in the UK.

Separate data recorded by the force showed 2,531 knife crime offences involving injury from January to August 2023, which was an increase from 2,346 in the same period in 2022, but below the 2,758 in January to August 2019.

Knife crime has risen each year since the pandemic, with 13,503 incidents recorded in the capital between July 2022 and June 2023, a 21% increase on the previous 12-month period.

However, levels remain 8% lower than before the pandemic, as stated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Police-recorded knife crime in London rose by a fifth in the last year and has risen compared with when Boris Johnson left office, but it still remains below the pre-pandemic peak of 164 crimes for every 100,000 people.

Approximately 10.1 people in London for every 100,000 residents were admitted to the hospital after being assaulted with a knife or sharp object in 2022-23

In south London, the boroughs with the highest number of knife-related incidents for that period were Southwark with 737 recorded incidents, Lambeth with 735 incidents and Croydon with 681 incidents.

In East London, Newham had the highest number of recorded incidents during this period with 642 incidents, followed by Tower Hamlets with 547 and Hackney with 546 incidents.

In North London, Haringey had the highest number of knife crime incidents recorded between 2022 and 2023, with 632 incidents, followed by Enfield with 599 incidents and Barnet with 399 incidents.

In West London, the three boroughs with the highest number of knife related incidents in the same period were Brent with 533 recorded incidents, Ealing with 436 recorded incidents and Hounslow with 324 recorded incidents.

In the 12 months leading up to March 2023, 19,083 offenders in England were given disposals for possession of offensive weapons, 18 percent of whom were juveniles aged 10 to 17.

London’s 2023 teenage homicide victims:

  • 10 April: Chima Osuji, 17, was fatally stabbed after being chased by an attacker in Chingford, east London
  • 13 April: Tyler McDermott, 17, died after being found with a gunshot wound in Tottenham, north London
  • 5 May: Wazabakana Elenda Jordan Kukabu, known as Jordan, 18, from Romford, Essex, was stabbed to death near Dagenham Heathway Underground station in east London
  • 5 May: Renell Charles, 16, a pupil at Kelmscott School in Walthamstow, north-east London, was ambushed and fatally stabbed in the chest near his school
  • 19 June: Khaled Saleh, 17, was found with stab wounds in Paddington Green, central London
  • 26 June: Victor Lee, 17, from Ealing, west London, was found stabbed in a canal under Scrubs Lane, near Willesden Junction
  • 29 June: Leonardo Reid, 15, was stabbed during a music video shoot in Elthorne Road, Archway, north London
  • 3 July: Andre Salmon, 18, was riding a moped when he was shot in the chest in Stamford Road, Tottenham, north London
  • 9 July: Rahaan Ahmed Amin, 16, was stabbed in the heart in West Ham Park in Newham, east London
  • 14 July: Claudyo Jauad Lafayette, 17, was stabbed in a fight in the street following a birthday party in Granville Road, Kilburn, north-west London
  • 28 July: Stefan Valentine Balaban, 19, was stabbed in Whitchurch Lane, Edgware, north London
  • 7 August: Yusuf Mohamoud, 18, was found with fatal knife injuries near a supermarket in Regent’s Park Road, Finchley, north London
  • 4 September: Anis Omar Zen, 19, was fatally stabbed in Masefield Avenue in Stanmore, north London
  • 20 September: Max Moy Wheatley, 19, was stabbed in Jubilee Country Park close to Tent Peg Lane in Petts Wood, south-east London
  • 27 September: Elianne Andam, 15, was stabbed on her way to school in Croydon, south London
  • 1 October: Taye Faik, 16, died after he was stabbed near his home in Kendal Gardens, Edmonton, north London.
  • 9 October: Tafari Thompson-Mintah, 16, was killed when a car hit his moped in Sevenoaks Way, Orpington, south-east London
  • 29 October: Mehak Sharma, 19, was fatally stabbed in Ash Tree Way, Croydon, south London, weeks after moving from India to the UK to become a carer
  • 15 November: Simarjeet Singh Nangpal, 17, was stabbed to death in Burket Close, Hounslow, west London, after police were called to reports of a fight
  • 5 December: Ilyas Habibi, 17, was stabbed in Sutton High Street, south London, shortly after getting off a train on his way home from college
  • 31 December: Harry Pitman, 16, was stabbed in Primrose Hill, Camden, north London, after going to watch New Year fireworks with a group of friends
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