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Samurai swords, cutlasses, machetes, zombie knives, guns — all seized by police in just one week. The haul, just some of which is shown here, is proof of the terrifying reality of the crime epidemic plaguing our capital.
The weapons were acquired by Metropolitan Police officers during routine ‘stop and search’ incidents across London’s boroughs.
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The city didn’t have to wait long for its first knife crime victim to fall this week.
At around 11.30am on Monday, it was business as usual at the Costa coffee shop on the main street in the North London suburb of Arnos Grove.
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Then, for reasons which are not yet clear, there was a disturbance and a customer plunged a knife into another. The victim was critically injured and had to be airlifted to hospital.
The assailant, described by witnesses as a man in his 20s wearing a suit, ran from the cafe but an arrest was subsequently made.
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A blood-stained knife was recovered on the pavement near the scene. Crime scene photos showed a short blade with a black handle, the likes of which you might find in your kitchen drawer.
This sort of thing never used to happen in Arnos Grove. But this is London in 2018. And knife crime is ‘business as usual’ for a city beset by a spike in frequently fatal violence.
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Ten minutes later, and 14 miles away across the Thames from the Costa incident, a 62-year-old widow was found dead at her home in Balham. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
This death was a milestone. It took the number of homicide cases in the capital since the start of 2018 past the total for the whole of 2017, excluding terror attacks.
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And there are six weeks of this year still to go. In February and March, London’s homicide figures even topped those...
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