London murder rate overtakes New York for first time ever including 11 killings in just 16 days

Mail Online | 4/1/2018 | Cheyenne Roundtree For Mailonline
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London's murder rate has overtaken New York City's numbers for the first time ever, according to a new report.

February marked the first month in history books that London had more murders than the American city with a total of 15 homicides. Out of the 15 killed, nine were aged 30 or younger.

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In March, there were 22 murders, which is likely to match if not beat out New York's numbers.

Last month was particularly tragic, as the murder wave continued on Thursday when a 23-year-old man became the 11th person to be fatally stabbed or gunned down in the capital in just 16 days.

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According to a report by the Sunday Times, New York City's murder statistics have decreased by 87 per cent since the 1990s.

Meanwhile, London's rate has grown by nearly 40 per cent in just three years, not including deaths caused by terrorist attacks.

New - York - Year - Number - Murders

Although New York last year had nearly double the number of murders than London, experts are concerned the gap is steadily closing.

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

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'With young people in London, you have no idea if and when you may be the victim of a violent crime — that's why they feel the need to carry weapons.'

Officials are concerned about the uptick in fatal stabbings, fearing there is a dangerous surge in knife crime.

Year - Total - Stabbings - Capital - Decade

Last year there was a total of 80 fatal stabbings in the capital - the most in almost a decade.

And official figures show that 2017 was the worst year for knife deaths among young people since at least 2002.

People - Death

Forty-six people aged 25 or under were stabbed to death in...
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