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Radical Ideologies Fuel Youth Knife-Crimes in West Midlands



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The reports of knife-crimes against teenagers and younger children in the West Midlands have been escalating absurdly. Last week, a “weapons surrender bin” opened in the Hockley area of Birmingham, revealed a range of blades, including kitchen knives and the Southeast Asian curved knives: Karambits.

The regional Police Federation has warned that the murder rate in the West Midlands — 46 killings so far this year — is at the same level as the epidemic of deadly violence in London.

The latest fatal stabbing of a 16-year-old — Jaydon Washington James, who was killed because of his postcode — in Coventry on Saturday extended the number of knife killings of youngsters to six this year.

According to the media reports, five out of the six killed this year were from a black and minority ethnic background. Besides, the youngest were 8 and 11 years old.

Katie Wright, an A&E consultant and co-lead of children’s emergency department at Birmingham’s Heartlands hospital, said, “We are alarmed by the sheer number and we are alarmed by the ages of those involved.”

She informed that an 11-year-old from the recent patients carried a knife, as he felt unsafe in his area.

A landmark 2017 report on gangs and violence in the West Midlands stated that it was intricate to explain the rise in both gun and knife crimes in recent years. However, it listed various reasons cited by police, community groups, former gang members and others.

According to the report, the reasons listed included– role of social media and music, mental health issues, emergence of a “new generation of gangsters” known for impulsive acts of violence, and what was referred to as the “father deficit” by some of them.

Statistics reveal that by far there have been 118 murders in London this year, which the police Federation has compared with the West Midlands as per the population sizes.

Chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation, Sgt Richard Cooke gave a sheer assessment of the police’s ability to prevent the rising rate of fatalities.

According to the government figures, since 2010 the force has lost more than 21,300 officers, amounting to 24 per cent in less than a decade.

A large number of murders are reported, as hate-motivated crimes have caused a major public concern. It’s a no hidden fact that radical sentiment in the UK is augmenting at a greater pace. Although there are multiple reasons for the rising knife-crimes and other violence acts in the country, majority of them are stoked out of hate against the minority groups.


London: A Man Stabbed On Street, Dies In Hotel Lobby



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The police has taken at least 11 people in custody on suspicion of a man’s murder in a hotel lobby in Euston, London. According to the local sources, the incident took place at the Conference Venue on Euston Street, close to the busy train station.

The Metropolitan Police, after reaching the crime scene at 10:45pm, said the victim was stabbed outside the hotel, and he walked into the premises before slumping in the lobby. The hotel staff rushed to the victim’s rescue but he breath his last about 45 minutes later.

The onlookers described their horror as the injured victim shattered in the hotel lobby after crying out for help. One guest at the hotel said he suddenly heard things “kicking off” while he was about to sleep.

Ayesha Begum, who lives right next to where the man collapsed, told “Police were following a trail of blood.”

Police concluded that the victim was inhumanely attacked before he escaped into the hotel, which is located at a walking distance from Euston tube station.

Reverend Stuart Burgess, chairman of directors at The Wesley said, “It was a complete shock to the staff late last night, but they responded incredibly well and I want to pay tribute to them.”

“The staff and guests are quite amazed and shocked by the incident. Obviously we are not used to this happening.”

He added, some of the staff members who were working near the lobby during the incident are “trying to come to terms with it.”

Tarek, a hotel worker, said that the police arrested 11 people at separate London police stations, and the hotel awaits further information on suspicion of murder.

The incident is still under investigation and the inquiries are going on. The police is trying to obtain evidence from the CCTV footage of the crime scene.

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GPS Devices to Track Knife Crime Offenders in London



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Knife crime offenders in London will be tagged with tracking devices (GPS) upon their release from prison, said Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The move has been aimed at countering the increasing knife violence, which has claimed numerous lives in the past.

Mayor of London, who has been criticized for not doing much about the issue said: “The causes of violent crime are extremely complex and involve deep-seated problems – such as poverty, inequality, social alienation and a lack of opportunities for young people – that enforcement alone won’t solve and have been made much worse by huge government cuts to the police and preventative services. He added “This innovative pilot will build on the good work of the City Hall-funded violent crime taskforce by helping offenders integrate back into society and reducing the risk of reoffending, as well as giving the police the information they need to thoroughly investigate reported crimes.”

The GPS would be tagged to prisoners who have served custodial sentences for crimes such as possession, robbery, wounding, and Grievous Bodily Harm or GBH. The implementation of the rule is scheduled for 18 February and is expected to lower the number of stabbings.

The ankle tags will automatically record the movements of the offenders against the location of reported crimes and revert back to the police with the information. The tags would be tied for a year after the criminals are released from jail.

Carina Heckroodt, head of the London extremism, gangs and organized crime unit in the National Probation Service, said: “These tags will provide a constant physical reminder of an offender’s license conditions, encouraging them to comply with their restrictions and deterring them from further offending and protecting victims.”

Even recently, a teenager named Jaden Moodie was stabbed to death in east London, in an attack that barely lasted for 30 seconds. The boy reportedly suffered eight stab wounds, which were inflicted by three male attackers. Another attack, which happened a week earlier, saw a man stabbed to death in east Dulwich, south-east London.

A total of 128 homicides were recorded in London in 2018, the highest number in a calendar year this decade. The tags can thus control such happenings, and instill fear inside the attacker’s mind, who have been viciously claiming lives for a very long period of time.

“I am determined to prevent violent crime scarring our society, terrorizing our communities and, most devastatingly, destroying the lives of our next generation,” the home secretary, Sajid Javid wrote in The Times. “The causes of violent crime are complex, and while I wish there was just one solution to end this, there is no magic wand we can wave,” he added condemning the increasing knife attacks.

London’s violence reduction head is also presently looking into the past murder and stabbing cases to develop a “public health approach” for tackling the increasing violence.

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Police: Jaden Moodie Stabbed to Death in 30 seconds



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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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