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London's murder rate 'overtakes New York' for first time

04 Avril 2018

Acting detective chief inspector Glenn Butler, from the Trident and Area Crime Command, said: 'I fully appreciate the alarm, shock and revulsion caused by this murder and other fatal shootings we have seen across London over the last few months.

According to the latest figures, some 23 people were killed in London over the past month in comparison to 21 violent deaths in NY.

There were more murders in London than in NY in the last two months. March is also expected to tip towards London with 22 people killed in London compared to 21 in NYC.

The total number of murders in London, excluding victims of terrorist attacks, has increased by 38 percent since 2014, according to The Times.

PA Wire/PA Images Forensic officers at the scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot on Monday evening in Walthamstow, east London.

Fight for Peace charity head of programmes Jacob Whittingham told the paper: "What's scary about London is the randomness of the crime".

Larry Logan, a former police superintendent in east London, told AFP the city is facing "a ideal storm" of reduced police numbers and "decimated" social services due to funding cuts.

Law enforcement officials in London have had to investigate more murders than NY over the last two months, the BBC reported on April 3. "So my anticipation is that the murder rate and the crime rate generally will just rise exponentially". Overall, New York still has a higher rate of murder, and is considered more unsafe.

Last year, however, that number dropped almost 90 per cent to 290 murders.

In 2016, only 335 murders occurred.

But shadow home secretary Diane Abbott warned against the initiative, telling the BBC it "poisoned relationships" between police and the community and highlighting statistics that show black people are at least eight times more likely than white people to be stopped and searched, even though they are less likely to be found with drugs.

As the killings have escalated in recent weeks to such an extent the situation is worse in the capital than in NY, it has led to celebs like Piers Morgan asking Mr Khan: "What are you going to do about it?" For March, 22 murders were investigated in London, with 21 reports in NY.

London's gun laws are among the strictest in the nation, but a significant spike in knife crimes is the driving force behind this crime wave. While New York City also has strict gun laws, numerous murders there are shootings.

London's murder rate 'overtakes New York' for first time