London crime spree continues: Five victims die during knife and shooting attacks in London weekend violence

by DCG

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From Daily MirrorA man has become the fifth person to die during a weekend of Bank Holiday violence after suffering a knife wound in the street.

Emergency crews were called to Becks Lane in Macclesfield, Cheshire, following reports a man had been hurt at around 8.50pm yesterday. Police said they found an injured 37-year-old man, who died at the scene.

A 15-year-old boy and a man, 29, have been arrested as part of ongoing enquiries into the circumstances, the Macclesfield Express reports.

The suspects are both from the Macclesfield area. A police spokesman said the deceased man’s next-of-kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

The incident comes amid a weekend of violence, with four others having died in shootings and stabbings in London, Merseyside and Luton.

Other people, including a 13-year-old boy, have survived incidents.

On Saturday evening, rapper Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, 17, was shot dead in Southwark, south London, despite medics’ efforts to save him. Police were called to the scene shortly after 6pm following reports of gunshots heard on Cooks Road, Kennington, Scotland Yard said.

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Rhyhiem, an aspiring architect, was found nearby on Warham Street suffering from a gunshot injury. He was pronounced dead at 6.56pm. There have so far been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Less than 24 hours after the tragedy, two other children – aged just 13 and 15 – survived being shot in broad daylight in one of the capital’s streets.

The younger boy, who was walking along the street with his parents, is believed to have been an “innocent bystander” in the shooting, police said. He was found to have a “shotgun pellet wound to the head”, while the older boy had suffered “head injuries, caused by a number of shotgun pellets”.

Detectives are now appealing for witnesses to the incident in Harrow – as a 39-year-old man has been arrested and released under investigation.

In a separate incident yesterday, a 22-year-old man was found to have been shot in New Cross Road, south east London.

Meanwhile, in Ealing, a 43-year-old man was stabbed following a reported dispute over a motorist’s driving down a residential street.

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Outside of the capital, gangland fixer John Kinsella, 53, was shot dead by a bike-riding assassin in Merseyside on Saturday morning. The next day, a 20-year-old man, identified as Fatah Warsame, from the Cardiff area, died after being stabbed in Liverpool city centre.

And yesterday evening, another stabbing victim, also aged 20, was killed in Bishopscote Road, Luton.

In a heartbreaking plea following Rhyhiem’s death on Saturday, the teenager’s mum begged: “Let my son be the last”.

Tearfully speaking of her “handsome” son amid the crime wave, Pretana Morgan added: “Just let it stop. What must be, must be.”

She also said: “It’s not about race, it’s not about nation, it’s not about culture. Nothing. It’s just a human race. Just one human race. So children, please let my son be the last.”

Police in London have said extra patrols, including undercover cops, are working over the Bank Holiday to keep the streets safe. Armed officers, dog units, traffic motorcycles and air support have also been dispatched to support “highly visible local patrols”.


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