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Police: Jaden Moodie Stabbed to Death in 30 seconds

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Last updated on January 20th, 2019

Jaden Moodie, a 14-year-old boy stabbed in Leyton, east London, last Tuesday, was reportedly killed in an attack that barely lasted for 30 seconds, the police have confirmed.

Jaden Moodie suffered eight stab wounds inflicted by three male suspects, each armed with a knife. A black Mercedes knocked the teenager off a stolen moped that, he was riding on January 8 and was set upon moments after.

The investigators have said that the attack was clearly premeditated. Beginning with knocking the boy down by hitting his moped from behind, to knocking him to the ground, and then eventually knocking him down to death.

“They knew what they wanted to do and they did it. I believe it was premeditated,” “said DCI Chris Soole.

Soole added that there were five people inside the car and all could be guilty of murder, and not only the three who stabbed the 14-year-old.

The attack happened at a place with a large number of pedestrians and vehicles passing by. Yet, no one came forward to stop the stabbers. Soole said, people should tell detectives what they know about the incident, no matter even if they think of information as insubstantial and of no use.

Jaden’s family, confirmed after the attack that their child was not linked with any gangs, which further raises concern as to why was the child stabbed such brutally.

The attack, yet again, puts light on the increasing number of stabbings, and danger to the lives of civilians in London. The debate to avert such occurrences, and the central most figure to all the chaos, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, has also been criticized for not doing his bit in the matter.

Contrarily, Sadiq has blamed several reasons responsible ranging from the government cuts to policing after a freedom of information request. The request unveiled that Scotland Yard’s murder investigation unit had lost a quarter of its officers and staff over the past decade.

According to the stats revealed by the Press Association, previous year saw 315 fewer police and civilians working in the Metropolitan police’s homicide and major crime command (HMCC) than in 2008. The decline implies that the overall numbers have decreased by 26% over the 10-year period, while the numbers of major investigation teams have fallen from 26 to 18.

Appealing for the media to respect the privacy of Jaden’s family, Soole said: “God only knows what they’re going through as a family with the death of a 14-year-old boy killed in tragic circumstances.” He added, “The death of anybody is a tragic incident anyway, but the death of a 14-year-old does shock to the core.”

Sadiq, however, affirmed police are working really hard, despite being under-resourced and over-stretched. Further highlighting that in the wake of the seriousness of the matter, he will continue lobbying the government for more resources.

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North London: Mother of Three-Year-Old Stabbed in Thigh

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Last updated on June 16th, 2019

Mother of three-year-old boy was reportedly stabbed in North London after she refused to hand over her phone to the attacker. Christel Stainfield-Bruce, 36, was approached by a teenage boy, believed to be between 14 and 16, while she was pushing her baby in a pram along Caedmon Road in Islington on a Friday afternoon.

The attacker approached the women and asked her for directions before telling her “give me your phone”. Upon women’s denial, he stabbed her in the thigh and then ran off without snatching the device.

Despite erring to maintain a check on such activities, the number of stabbing cases in London has overwhelmingly surpassed the alarming levels. Even this year, dozens have already been pronounced dead; courtesy knife crimes.

Besides, post attack, Stainfield-Bruce received treatment in a hospital and is now recovering at home. The doctors confirmed that she was fine, yet really lucky because the knife only narrowly missed a major artery.

The victim though said that she was still in shock following the incident, and was really anxious about leaving her home. Correspondingly, with the crime rate climbing up so rapidly, the streets of London ought to have issued a blood-filled note to every civilian life, asking to beware of the surroundings.

“It feels so unnecessary,” the nursery worker told the BBC. “There was no gain, he didn’t even get my phone or bag or anything, but it must be a symptom of a wider problem.”

“What is the state of the country when young children are causing a big wound to people they don’t know; with people you’ve got no history with? What’s going through these people’s heads,” she added.

Metropolitan Police said officers were quick to react and reached the scene of crime shortly before 5pm on Friday. As per the initial reports, the assailant has been described as a black male, 5’3ft, wearing black coloured clothing, including jacket and a “trucker” style cap.

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NCA Appeals for More Aid to Bring Down Rise in Organised Crime

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On Sunday, Lynne Owens, the Director-General of the National Crime Agency(NCA) made a statement that the organised crime is targeting a lot more victims than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined. The agency also stated that there is a need of financial aid to get it under control.

Ms. Owens also in her interview said, “Against a backdrop of globalisation, extremism and technological advances, serious and organised crime is changing fast and law enforcement needs significant new investment to help combat it.”

The National Crime Agency will publish its thorough evaluation on Tuesday. In the evaluation, NCA will reveal how the perpetrators are using technological advancement and traditional methods to execute organised crimes. This combination might be one of the reasons why the law authorities are experiencing difficulties in stopping such crimes and nabbing the criminals.

Recently, the NCA confiscated belongings and property of worth millions of pounds from Amanda Nuttall due to reasons of money laundering. Award winning White Horse Hotel and a Bentley are among some of the assets seized after the involvement of money laundering was discovered.

Along with Mrs. Nuttall, her two accessories Property developer Eric Grove and Barrister Timothy Becker also gave up some of their assets. Investigators looking into the business of her husband Jonathan Nuttall said that he amassed the wealth illegally and held it in his wife’s name.

They also believe that Mr. Nuttall was involved in international money laundering and he is responsible for the transfer of hundreds of millions of pounds, made through various accounts of Hong Kong, Russia, Switzerland and UK.

According to Andy Lewis, the Head of Asset Denial in National Crime Agency said, “Jonathan Nuttall amassed considerable wealth as a result of his and others’ unlawful conduct.”

“He is not himself a party to the claim. That is because he structured his business affairs so that he didn’t hold any of the recoverable property himself,” he added.

According to the UK government, organised crimes alone cost £37 billion per year to the UK economy.

With continuous enhancement in the methods to conduct organised crimes, National Crime Agency might need to develop its ways to apprehend the offenders and curb the cases. Ms Owens’ suggestion of more aid to the agency might also help to put an end to the rapidly rising number of organised crimes.

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1 killed and 8 injured after two students opened fire in Colorado School

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Two high school students opened vacuous firing at students of a Colorado community school, killing at least one and injuring eight others.

According to the Douglas County sheriff officials, the 18-year-old Devon Erickson and a juvenile student rushed into the classrooms of STEM School Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Tuesday afternoon, causing havoc in the corridors.

Within a few minutes, the suspects were engaged and taken into custody by the Douglas County sheriff officials.

Eight victims, of age 15 and older, received treatment at local hospitals, including two who were in critical condition. At least four other victims were released the same day. No employees or teachers were injured in the shooting, authorities have confirmed.

Sheriff Tony Spurlock said that the motive behind shooting was unclear, and the officials have not received any information about someone being particularly targeted by the juvenile shooters.

The FBI and Denver’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were rendering assistance in the investigation.

In an official statement, the White House said that the tragic incident was reported back to President Donald Trump, and he is monitoring the situation.

“Tragically, this community and those surrounding it know all too well these hateful and horrible acts of violence,” Judd Deere, the White House deputy press secretary, said. “We offer our full support to local law enforcement and first responders and thank them for their heroism.”

The STEM School and other nearby schools were completely evacuated and locked-down for many hours, as stated by the Douglas County School District.

Over 1,850 students in elementary, middle, and high school have been enrolled in STEM School, according to its website.

STEM School is situated close to the Columbine High School, where 13 people were shot dead by two students on April 20, 1999. The incident was so far the worst in US’s history.

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London Stabbings: Blood Spilled Day Witnesses Death and Injury

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Last updated on April 29th, 2019

Consuming lives at a nerve-wrecking pace, a pest named stabbing has added another infamous death to its list. A 29-year-old man was reportedly stabbed on Frampton Park Road in Hackney, London. However, it was not only the case reported in a day, with another victim reportedly stabbed, luckily escaping death, the cops informed.

Following the death of the 29-year-old, the detectives opened inquiry and have successfully caught hold of the suspect in the process.

Name of the victim hasn’t been confirmed by the police. However, he was described as a “decent young man” by a local youth worker and former schoolmate, Hannah. “It’s got to the point that the kids don’t value lives anymore. It’s just sad that this couldn’t have been prevented, “she said condemning the move.

Further commenting on the brutal activity, she affirmed that the antisocial behavior was pretty common in the area, with very minimal amount of people paying heed to the matter. “These are our kids that are dying,” she added showcasing the attention that the matter requires.

First information of the incident was reported at around 3pm and saw the 29-year-old pronounced dead, only a while after he was taken to the hospital. Likewise, a second incident, which took place just half-a-mile apart, also witnessed a man getting severely injured and taken to the hospital, where his situation was later confirmed as stable.

Dean Saliba, an eyewitness of the aftermath of the first killing said “I turned up after. Someone in the shop said he was stabbed in the back as he ran to escape”. “He was having a seizure when I arrived and there was a lot of blood,” she added.

Scotland Yard confirmed that one man was arrested on charges of suspicion of inflicting bodily harm and was taken in custody. A London ambulance service spokeswoman said it dispatched the air ambulance to deal with the first case, adding: “We treated a person at the scene and took them to hospital as a priority.”

London has been stuck midst knife stabbings for years now. Besides, even with measures such as increased government spending, the numbers have multiplied signaling the failure of government to control the youth of committing such horrendous crimes.

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Series of Knife Crime Incidences Leave Two Critically Injured

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Recently, a woman and three men became the latest victims of spiked knife crime incidences in the capital. The attacks took place on the weekend within the interval of 15 hours between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The victims were stabbed in the back, out of which two are in critical condition. The Metropolitan Police Service has increased the patrolling and implemented stop and search power. Two men have been arrested and the authorities have asked the public to stay alert.

A 45-year-old woman, who was stabbed on Saturday evening, is said to be in a critical condition. A couple of hours later, a 52-year-old man was attacked with a knife, but escaped with some minor injuries.

A 23-year-old, who was stabbed at Seven Sisters Tube Station on Sunday at 4am, is also in a critical condition. Six hours later, a 29-year-old man suffered with life affecting injuries after being stabbed.

Since the beginning of the year, such knife crime incidences are being reported every couple of days. On 1st January two people were stabbed to death at separate places. Two security guards were injured in Park Lane, trying to apprehend the accused after he injured a woman.

Several teens have also been made target of knife crimes. Among such attacks, many were fatal incidents like that of Jodi Chesney and Jaden Moodie. The incidents have been reported from all over the capital. A rise of 14 percent in murders, eight percent in knife crimes and 19 percent in violent crimes has been recorded.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has asked the police officers to establish Section 60 at their own will.  This will help the police to search any suspect in the vicinity to prevent further crimes.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has implemented a new law since 18th February to minimise knife crime incidences. A tracking device will be attached to the people having a history of violence and knife crimes for a year.

Giving the right to impose section 60 will not be very effective in bringing an end to such crimes. Last year, the searches conducted on the black people were 19 percent more than the ones carried on the white people. In most of the searches, the black population was found to be innocent.

Imposing Section 60 will only be time consuming and might reduce the trust of people in police. It might also prove ineffective in stopping the citizens from carrying a knife.

During 2010-2017, a drop of more than 20,000 police officers has been recorded. This significant decrease in police officers might be hindering to put an end to the ongoing knife crime incidences.

Knife crimes can be reduced with advanced CCTV monitoring in public places and proper verification of knife buyers. The public, too, needs to stop being a spectator when such crimes take place and instead come forward to help the victims and report it to the appropriate authorities.

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