“DANGEROUS!”: Kurten BLASTS Khan After London’s 29th Fatal Stabbing This Year
London last night saw its 29th fatal stabbing of 2018, which took place in the Plumstead area in South East London. Police are appealing for witnesses who may have information about the incident in which a 23-year-old man died in hospital following the stabbing, after being taken there by a friend.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has faced repeated criticism for his lack of action on knife crime, which soared under his tenure – particularly this year where there has been a fatal stabbing roughly every three days in the city.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, UKIP London Assembly Member David Kurten, said: “Under Sadiq Khan, knife crime, murder and other violent crimes have gone through the roof. It is incredible that he initially wanted to end ‘stop and search’, and only belatedly re-introduced it in January 2018.
“While knife crime and murder is up, police numbers are being cut and police stations are being closed. The ‘Conservative’ government in Westminster bears some of the responsibility as they have cut the police grant, but Sadiq Khan plans to spend £2,000,000,000 on cycle superhighways and so-called ‘Healthy Streets’ over the next 5 years. Just one quarter of this amount would provide the £100,000,000 per year needed to stop the cuts in police stations and officers.
“The Mayor has got to make reducing violent crime like knife crime an absolute priority. If he does not get a grip on the current crime wave, tourists and business executives will stop visiting because it is too dangerous. London is getting a bad reputation of being a dangerous city on his watch.”
Leading the investigation is Detective Chief Inspector Richard Leonard, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who said: “This investigation is in its very early stages and we are still piecing together exactly where and how the victim was attacked.
“Were you in the Plumstead area last night? Did you witness a commotion or altercation, or see anything that seemed unusual, like a person or group of people running in the area? Any fragment of information is useful to our investigation and I would urge you to call police immediately.”
The police have asked any witnesses or anyone with information to contact 0208 721 4805, or call police on 101 using reference 7434/29 March.
Anyone with information can also anonymously contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.