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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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Linking Violent Crimes to Poverty, Sadiq Khan Set to Introduce New Policies

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Despite the continuous efforts of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and the police department, violent crimes against the youth in the capital city have only intensified.

In an interview with a media house, the Mayor correlated violent crimes such as knife crimes with poverty, quoting data from various sources.

“We have used data from a host of sources including the police, the British transport police, the NHS, the London ambulance service and others. And what this has shown is serious youth violence started going up in 2012 but it’s unarguable now there is a link between series youth violence and poverty, depravation, child in care, inequality,” Khan said.

He further went on to say, “There are still some who say that to acknowledge this link between poverty, deprivation and crime is somehow to excuse criminality and to let the criminals off the hook. I say this is dangerous rubbish.”

“There’s never any excuse for criminality. But we have to face the reality that for some young people growing up today, violence has become normalised.”

Sadiq Khan has been constantly questioned about his policies to restrain the on-going knife crimes, which have led to the death of more than 40 people this year. Earlier in February, he initiated the Violent Crime Task Force comprising of 300 policemen.

His claims have gained light at the end of school year. Therefore, it is expected that closing of schools and lack of activities to keep one busy might lead to increase in knife crimes in many cities.

The research conducted reveals that the poorer an area of the city is, the more it is prone to be the hub violent crimes. The research shows that Richmond area in London has the lowest level of youth violence and it also happens to be one of the wealthiest parts of the city.

Similarly, the Tower Hamlets in east London is one of the most deprived areas of London and as per the data, it has the highest rate of youth violence in the capital.

With the schools closing up for summer holidays, Sadiq Khan pressed upon the claims that the city council is investing £360,000 in 43 projects across the city to keep young people from getting involved in these crimes.

“It’s time for the government to acknowledge that this is a national problem that requires an urgent national solution. No more scratching around the edges. We need a proper national strategy,” he said.

With ever-increasing violent crimes engulfing the city of London, it seems that the efforts of Mayor Sadiq Khan and the authorities are not enough. However, the only question that remains is will the introduction of extra activities to reduce rate of violent crimes while the schools are closed be successful or not.

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Knife Crime: Man Jailed for Murdering on Train En Route London

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Last updated on July 16th, 2019

A train passenger who stabbed an IT consultant after a heated exchange over aisle blocking has been jailed for life. Lee Pomeroy, 51, died after Darren Pencille, 36, in an encounter that barely lasted 25 seconds, stabbed Pomeroy for 18 times. On January 4, both the attacker and victim boarded the train between Guildford and London, and the former was knifed in front of his 14-year-old son.

The attacker, who declined to give evidence at his Old Bailey trial, agreed possessing a knife but denied murder. In fact, he claimed that he only acted in self defence against the 6ft 3in tall victim.

However, the court heard that Pencille had a history of violence. As per the available records, he had already stabbed his flat mate in the neck over some dispute in 2010, and had terrorized to kill a staff member at a mental health center last year.

Following the attacker’s conviction, British Transport Police Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn exclaimed: “He’s a dangerous man. Quite clearly with his previous convictions, where he also stabbed another man in the neck, and his propensity for carrying knives, he showed his dangerous, aggressive nature and that he wasn’t afraid to use that knife on that train on January 4.”

Apart from Pencille, his girlfriend Chelsea Mitchell, who picked her boyfriend and also brought clippers and razors for him to change his look, was found guilty of assisting an offender. She was also sentenced to two years and four months in prison.

In a statement read to the court, Pomeroy’s wife Svetlana said she missed her husband “every day” and had lost her “friend, my soul mate and my guide”. She added her husband who was preparing to celebrate his 52nd birthday the day after he was killed, was bought cards and presents “he never got to see”.

Pencille’s mental health was described by his lawyers as an issue he had dealt with in the past. According to a medical report, he was hospitalized a number of times for issues between 2004-2018 and had prescribed medicine for depression, anxiety and psychotic disturbances. However, he had not taken anti-psychotic medication at the time of attack, the reports confirmed.

London has been midst knife attacks for more than a while now. Though there have been continuous questions over police’s inability to control the menace, the increased government spending, especially to avert such happenings continues to raise a lot of questions.

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Men in Black Injure Three from Acid Attacks in London

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Rising crime rate of the UK is often associated with the stabbing, but acid attacks remain a different reality to the offenses. On Friday, three men were injured with attacks suspiciously conducted using corrosive substance, in east London.

The first attack took place at Walthamstow High Street in the morning, where two men “wearing burkas” threw the substance on a market stall worker. Whereas, two other men became a victim to similar attack shortly before 7:30 p.m. at Cricketfield Road near Hackney Downs.

The 45-year-old Walthamstow victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment, and the police believes there were no life-threatening injuries. However, a market trader stated that the man was hit in the face with a substance, which also affected his eye.

Whereas, the two victim of the second attack suffered from burns as per the police and paramedics. Aged in their 20s, the two can be seen sitting doused in water at road side in the images from the scene.

They were reportedly helped by the onlookers in the area, who poured water over their bodies in an effort to wash off the acid. Later, the victims were also taken to an east London hospital, and were reported to have no life threatening injuries after the acid attacks.

As per the reports, the police is looking for the two men in burkas, after the first attack. However, no arrests have been made yet, according to the Scotland Yard.

Following the reports of the attacks, police were called to Walthamstow High Street at around 6:30 a.m., whereas at 7:21 p.m. to Cricketfield Road.

A Met police spokesman stated, “It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkhas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.”

According to Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI), the UK has one of the highest rates of acid attacks per capita across globe. In 2016, a total of 601 of such attacks were recorded, and London emerged as one of the most affected areas. The capital records more than half of the total incidents taking place within the country.

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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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