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Trivial gang fight in London diner ‘that led to girl, 17, being gunned down’

Flashpoint: Youths attack a victim slumped in the corner of a stairwell leading to a London milkshake bar over Easter

A trivial fight between youths in a milkshake bar was the spark that led to an innocent 17-year-old girl being shot dead in a botched revenge hit, it was claimed last night.

Footage of the punch-up, filmed on mobile phones on Easter Sunday, was shared online and led to a gunman attacking Tanesha Melbourne as she walked through Tottenham on Monday evening, locals said.

Police probing Tanesha’s murder swooped on the Tinseltown diner in Farringdon, central London, and seized CCTV of the fight, which shows three men punching and kicking a young black male in a stairwell as a woman lies on top of the victim trying to protect him.

Youngsters who shared the video on Twitter and Snapchat said it was the catalyst for the gunman opening fire 24 hours later leading to Tanesha, who died in her mother’s arms, becoming the 47th person to be murdered in London so far in 2018. 

The Tinseltown fight was linked to simmering gang violence in the Wood Green area of north London, The Times reported.

The development came hours after CCTV footage emerged showing Tanesha walking with friends shortly before she was shot in the chest in a drive-by attack at 9.35pm on Monday.

Tanesha Melbourne (pictured) died after she was shot in the street on Monday evening

Tanesha Melbourne (pictured) died after she was shot in the street on Monday evening

The teenager, who had just become a mentor at her local youth club, died in the street as she was cradled by her mother who arrived before paramedics.

Footage from a local shop shows her walking with her friends around 60 minutes before she was shot dead. 

According to terrified residents, the innocent teenager was caught in the crossfire of a deadly postcode war.

One friend said: ‘Tanesha was just an innocent child caught up in this stupid postcode war.’

Another friend who desperately tried to save her added: ‘She did not deserve that and her mum did not deserve to watch her daughter die.’ 

The teenager’s aunt today said how she told police about escalating gang problems three months ago and warned them: ‘if anything happens to a member of my family, I’ll become a problem’.

Trivial gang fight in London diner 'that led to girl, 17, being gunned down'

Trivial gang fight in London diner 'that led to girl, 17, being gunned down'

A woman (pictured left in grey trousers) lay on top of the victim in the Tinseltown fight to protect him, before he was able to get to his feet and flee (pictured right)

Rita How, 56, made the prophetic warning at a neighbourhood watch meeting at Tottenham College earlier this year.

She told police officers present of the worsening drugs and gangs problem in the area which had led to a rise in stabbings and shootings.

In a separate incident, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the face less than two miles away in Walthamstow, east London. 

He died at 5.45pm last night and became the 48th person to be killed in the capital. A 15-year-old boy was also stabbed in that incident.

The 17-year-old (pictured in the grey) was seen on camera walking with her friends before she was shot dead 

The 17-year-old (pictured in the grey) was seen on camera walking with her friends before she was shot dead 

The 17-year-old, who had just become a mentor at her local youth club, died in the street as she was cradled by her mother who arrived before paramedics

The innocent teenager was reportedly caught in the crossfire of a gang war and Scotland Yard told MailOnline her killer was still on the loose

Tanesha's mother Sharon Melbourne and her little sister arrived to lay flowers at the scene

Tanesha's mother Sharon and her little sister at the scene of the shooting today

Tanesha’s mother Sharon Melbourne and her little sister arrived to lay flowers at the scene

Ms How, a school cook, also revealed the fears she had for her family living in the area.

She said: ‘I met with the police three months ago at the last neighbourhood watch meeting and told them what was going on with the gangs and the violence.

‘I said to them ‘if anything happens to a member of my family then I’ll become a problem’.

‘Well my niece is gone now and they are not going to hear the end of me. Someone’s got to sort out the mess here, it’s getting out of hand.

‘Tanesha was a lovely girl, she wasn’t involved in gangs. She was innocent in all this.’

Ms How, who also works in security at nearby Tottenham Hotspur football club, said her niece had worked at the old White Hart Lane ground.

She added: ‘She worked in the catering department on a few occasions.

‘She had a bright future, she was a good girl who didn’t deserve this.’

The streets of London are now more deadly than New York, with the capital recording a higher murder rate for the first time in modern history in February. 

So far this year, the Metropolitan Police has launched 48 murder investigations – eight in January, 15 in February, 22 in March and now three in April.

MP David Lammy has claimed the surge in violent crime in the capital is being fuelled by ‘vast’ quantities of cocaine being fought over by drug barons. 

Floral tributes were left on Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, north London, today 

Floral tributes were left on Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, north London, today 

Friends and family arrived to pay respects at the scene of the killing, London's 47th this year

Friends and family arrived to pay respects at the scene of the killing, London’s 47th this year

Friends and family arrived at the scene in Tottenham today

Mourners hugged each other at the scene where Tanesha was gunned down in north London

Mourners hugged each other at the scene where Tanesha was gunned down in north London

Friends and family leave flowers at the scene where Tanesha was shot

Friends and family leave flowers at the scene where Tanesha was shot

A forensic tent is in place at the scene of the fatal shooting in Chalgrove Road, Tottenham

A forensic tent is in place at the scene of the fatal shooting in Chalgrove Road, Tottenham

Grief-stricken friends and family have been at the scene to pay tribute to the youngster today

Grief-stricken friends and family have been at the scene to pay tribute to the youngster today

Tottenham MP Mr Lammy told the Evening Standard: ‘Most of these killings are being fuelled by a huge spike in the movement of drugs, particularly cocaine.

‘As we see in parts of downtown America, young men – particularly in communities like mine – become foot soldiers for gangsters and McMafia bosses much further up the tree.’

Deadly crime epidemic grips the Capital 

So far already this year, the Metropolitan Police has launched 47 murder investigations – eight in January, 15 in February, 22 in March and two in April. 

This is the equivalent of three a week – up from two a week last year.

Thirty-one of the deaths were as a result of stabbings, four were shootings and the rest were either caused by multiple injuries or are awaiting post mortem results.  

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

Forty-six people aged 25 or under were stabbed to death in London, up by 21 compared with the previous year, according to police figures.  

Figures published in January showed police recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in the year ending September 2017 – the highest tally since comparable records started in the 12 months to March 2011.

Gun-related crime also went up by a fifth year-on-year, to 6,694 recorded offences. 

Tanesha was a regular at the Bruce Grove Youth Centre In Tottenham where she taught youngsters how to be good role models. 

A friend told MailOnline: ‘Tanesha was very popular at the club, she’d been going for the last four years. 

‘One of her roles was to teach the younger kids how to be good role models and how to lead positive lives. 

‘She got on with everyone and in turn everybody liked her, that’s why she became a volunteer.  

‘We are devastated that Tanesha has been taken from us like this.’

Grandmother Kathleen Kingdom said: ‘She was a family-orientated girl who would never get caught up in trouble. 

‘She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

‘She was a good girl and didn’t deserve this.’

Associate headteacher Goldwater Ojokor from Gladesmore Community school, where Tanesha left last year, said: ‘She was a lovely, joyful, girl. She was bright and bubbly, she was only a baby really.

‘She always had a smile on her face. You could not be annoyed with her, she just had this wonderful smile and was never in any bad trouble. 

‘She was always so positive to be around, you couldn’t not warm to her. She had a soft warm nature and she was funny.’

A young mother, who asked not to be named, said: ‘There’s a lot of shootings and stabbings that go on. It’s a dangerous area.

‘There is a postcode war, apparently, between Tottenham and Wood Green and some of these incidents are tit-for-tat.’  

Police said the 17-year-old died at the scene shortly before 10.45pm last night and teams are now combing the area for clues 

Police said the 17-year-old died at the scene shortly before 10.45pm last night and teams are now combing the area for clues 

A young mother said: 'There's a lot of shootings and stabbings that go on. It's a dangerous area'

A young mother said: ‘There’s a lot of shootings and stabbings that go on. It’s a dangerous area’

There was a heavy police presence in Tottenham, north London, this morning where 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne died after she was shot on Monday evening

There was a heavy police presence in Tottenham, north London, this morning where 17-year-old Tanesha Melbourne died after she was shot on Monday evening

Social media has been flooded with tributes to the teenager, with many saying she was caught in a needless gang war

Social media has been flooded with tributes to the teenager, with many saying she was caught in a needless gang war

School friend Candice Hassan, 17, said she found out about the murder on Snapchat just half an hour after the shooting.

‘It was shocking. Everyone’s upset obviously – one minute I see her and the next minute I don’t,’ she said.

‘One hour before her death, I saw her on Snapchat – one hour before she got shot. Everyone knows Tanesha, she’s just a humble girl.

‘It was just the wrong place at the wrong time. She didn’t deserve any of that. I have heard it was a drive-by shooting – obviously gang-related – Wood Green and Tottenham.’ 

Tyesha Mingo was with Tanesha in her final moments. The 21-year-old said: ‘I tried to save her, she was a good girl, no trouble.

‘She was in her house before it happened and she had gone out and was just literally chilling with her friends. I heard some shooting and I thought it was fireworks. 

‘My boyfriend’s mum called the ambulance, I did not realise she had been shot until the ambulance came. 

‘Apparently the car just pulled up and then started shooting from the window. 

‘Her mum came before the paramedics, she was screaming and shouting. Her whole family was here.’ 

Tanesha was a regular at the Bruce Grove Youth Centre In Tottenham (pictured) where she taught youngsters how to be good role models

Tanesha was a regular at the Bruce Grove Youth Centre In Tottenham (pictured) where she taught youngsters how to be good role models

Police and Forensic investigators have been at the crime scene in north London throughout the day

Police and Forensic investigators have been at the crime scene in north London throughout the day

The murder scene is less than 100 metres away from another shooting four months ago, believed to have involved a teenage boy shooting at members of another gang who had earlier beaten him up.

Another friend said: ‘Tanesha was a very known, very lovable little girl in the community, she was not involved in any sort of problems with anyone.’ 

The past two months of bloodshed in London have overtaken New York’s murder rate, official police figures show, as Scotland Yard battles a 38 per cent surge in killings since 2014, with 47 deaths recorded already this year.

Fifteen people were killed in London in February, compared to 14 in New York.

And the trend looks set to continue, with 22 killings in London in March – one more than the city on the other side of the Atlantic, where urban violence has long been prevalent. 

London also has almost three times the number of reported rapes, but until February this year the murder rate in New York remained higher.     

New York and London: A tale of two violent cities

London and New York both have a population of about 8 million and an annual police budget of around £3 billion.

New York – which has 40,000 police officers to London’s 32,000 – was renowned for violence with more than 2,000 killings a year in the early 1990s, but the NYPD introduced a zero tolerance approach to low-level crime and flooded problem areas with patrols. 

And the streets of London are now more deadly than New York, with the capital recording a higher murder rate for the first time in modern history in February.

The total number of London murders, even excluding victims of terrorism, has risen by 38 per cent since 2014. In contrast, the number of murders in New York have fallen by 87 per cent since its 1990s peak. 

The past two months of bloodshed in London have overtaken New York’s murder rate, official police figures show, as Scotland Yard battles a 38 per cent surge in killings since 2014.

Fifteen people were killed in London in February, compared to 14 in New York.

And the trend looks set to continue, with 22 killings in London in March – one more than the city on the other side of the Atlantic, where urban violence has long been prevalent. 

The surge in killings comes as rates of rape, robbery, and violent offences in London have already eclipsed those in New York. 

The murder scene is less than 100 metres away from another shooting four months ago

The murder scene is less than 100 metres away from another shooting four months ago

North London rapper Wretch 32 - real name Jermaine Scott Sinclair - who was raised in Tottenham, said he was 'lost for words' following the shooting

North London rapper Wretch 32 – real name Jermaine Scott Sinclair – who was raised in Tottenham, said he was ‘lost for words’ following the shooting

Terrified residents have called upon the London Mayor and the Met Police to take action. Pictured, forensic teams on the scene in Tottenham

Terrified residents have called upon the London Mayor and the Met Police to take action. Pictured, forensic teams on the scene in Tottenham

North London rapper Wretch 32 – real name Jermaine Scott Sinclair – who was raised in Tottenham, said he was ‘lost for words’ following the shooting.

He tweeted: ‘Wish I knew what to say about what’s happening in my ends. North London were better than this man smh R.I.P to the young angel who lost her life last night.

MET POLICE CHIEF SLAMS ONLINE ABUSE

In recent days, Scotland Yard commissioner Cressida Dick has said gangs were using online platforms to glorify street violence and show off ‘with weapons’.

Miss Dick also raised concerns about the violent undercurrent in some music, especially grime.

She warned that it could lead vulnerable youngsters to think it was ‘an admirable thing to be talking about violence and people perpetrating it’. 

Miss Dick, who has been in the role for 12 months, said she was ‘no luddite’ and that the internet was ‘wonderfully positive in almost every way’.

But she added that ‘incredibly abusive’ language online can ‘rev people up’. 

She told The Times: ‘There’s definitely something about the impact of social media … people being able to go from slightly angry with each other to ‘fight’ very quickly … gangs can posture on social media and talk about who they are and what they’ve achieved.

‘It may not be unlawful but it is glamorising it for people, showing off with weapons.’

She said that insults or threats online ‘makes [violence] faster, it makes it harder for people to cool down. I’m sure it does rev people up’.’

‘Love & prayers to the family. I’m honestly lost for words.’

TV and radio presenter Snoochie Shy said that communities need to ‘actually start mentoring young people’.   

A friend of Tanesha’s brother added: ‘This is the third shooting in the last few months. One happened right outside my house.

‘Tanesha was a nice girl, they were a good family.’

Sharon Lindsay, 54, added: ‘The violence around here is getting worse and the shootings and stabbings need to stop.

‘It’s got to the point where people are too scared to go out, particularly at night, because they don’t know what’s going to happen.

‘When you do go out you’re always looking over your shoulder, making sure you’re aware of what’s going on.

‘Most of the people around here are lovely, it’s not nice for them to live like this.’ 

Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Wood, head of Scotland Yard’s murder squad, said: ‘It was a terrible attack in which this young lady has lost her life.

‘I’d like to appeal to anybody who was in the vicinity to contact the incident room or Crimestoppers who can assist the investigation.

‘At this stage we’re keeping a completely open mind, it’s too early to say what the motive is or indeed if it’s just a case of wrong place, wrong time.

‘We do know that a vehicle drove past a group of young people, shots were fired from the vehicle and sadly the young lady lost her life.’ 

Police are also combing the scene in Walthamstow for clues after two teenagers were taken to hospital 

Police are also combing the scene in Walthamstow for clues after two teenagers were taken to hospital 

The scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot on Monday evening in Walthamstow, east London

The scene where a 16-year-old boy was shot on Monday evening in Walthamstow, east London

GOVERNMENT AND THE MAYOR OF LONDON ARE URGED TO TAKE ACTION

The latest incidents will bring fresh scrutiny on the Government’s efforts to halt rising levels of violent crime around the country.   

In the coming weeks the Home Office will publish a serious violence strategy, which it says will place a ‘new emphasis’ on steering young people away from crime.

Proposed measures include a ‘two strikes’ regime, meaning criminals caught with corrosive substances twice will automatically face a prison sentence of at least six months, and a tightening of rules covering online sales of knives.

The recent spate of violence has prompted scrutiny of a sharp reduction in stop and search activity, with use of the powers at the lowest level since current data records started 17 years ago.

Stop and search has repeatedly attracted controversy, with criticism focusing mainly on the number of stops of black and minority ethnic individuals.

Reforms were introduced in 2014 by then-home secretary Theresa May to ensure the tactic was used in a more targeted way.

Terrified residents are now putting pressure on the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to take action.

On Sunday the Mayor blamed Tory cuts on affecting front line policing. He tweeted: ”It’s time for the Government to stop misleading the public and properly fund our police.’ 

But social media users, including Pier Morgan, have called on him to do more. 

The Good Morning Britain host tweeted: ‘This is happening on YOUR watch, Mr Mayor @SadiqKhan – what are you going to do about it?’

A spokesman for the Mayor said today: ‘The Mayor is deeply concerned by violent crime in the capital – every life lost to violent crime is a tragedy.

‘Our city remains one of the safest in the world … but Sadiq wants it to be even safer and is working hard to bring an end to this violent scourge.’

Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said today: ‘There can be no place in our society for violent crime. The government is determined to do everything it can to break the cycle.’

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones, who chairs the all-party parliamentary group on knife crime, told the BBC’s Today programme that London could learn from New York in how to reduce violent crime. 

As paramedics tried to resuscitate the teenager in Tottenham, officers were called to the second incident.

A 16-year-old, named locally as Amaan Shakoor, was shot in the face in Walthamstow by ‘rival drug dealers’, a friend claims.

A relative of the shooting victim who is also a serving police officer said the family were too upset to speak publicly about the incident.

He said: ‘We are praying for him now and I don’t think talking to the media will help right now.’

Damian Slay, 17, from east London, said rival drug dealers shot the youngster after warning him not to sell cocaine in St James area of the borough earlier in the day.

Speaking at the crime scene, Damian said he was standing round a corner from where the victims were attacked.

He said: ‘They must have run up to them, stabbed one in the arm and faced the other one and just shot him in the face and run off.

‘I wasn’t startled because I’ve seen all of this before, I was just helping the other guy, the one who got stabbed because there was nothing I could do for the one who got shot.

‘The stabbing victim suffered minor injuries, he got stabbed in the arm a couple of times, twice, but he was alright, it was more shock because he saw his friend get shot in the face.

‘It’s like turf wars

‘The youngsters that are here decide to sell cocaine and crack but there’s a lot of people that do the same thing and certain areas are controlled by certain groups and if you sell in an area that you shouldn’t have been the people get upset.

‘I don’t think any of it should have happened but it was drug related that’s all I can say and it was definitely a set up. 

‘They are just little hoodrats, it’s harsh but it is what it is.’

A Met statement said: ‘The 15-year-old was treated for stab injuries which are no longer life changing. He has now been released from hospital.

‘The 16-year-old boy died in hospital at 5.45pm on Tuesday, 3 April. His next of kin were present at hospital when he passed away.

‘The Homicide and Major Crime Command are now investigating alongside colleagues from the Trident and Area Crime Command. No arrests have been made.’

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.

‘We are doing everything we can to identify the culprits and bring them to justice. We can’t do this alone.

‘We need those within the community who have information about those involved to search their own conscience and call us with information.’

Sadly, the violence does not appear to be showing any signs of slowing down in April. 

On April 1, a photograph exclusively obtained by the Mail showed the chilling moment a hooded youth clutching an 8in knife fled after a boy of 16 was stabbed in a takeaway. 

As paramedics tried to resuscitate the teenager in Tottenham, officers were called to the second incident in east London

As paramedics tried to resuscitate the teenager in Tottenham, officers were called to the second incident in east London

A 16-year-old, named locally as Oman Shakore, is fighting for his life after he was shot in the face in Walthamstow by 'rival drug dealers', a friend claims 

A 16-year-old, named locally as Oman Shakore, is fighting for his life after he was shot in the face in Walthamstow by ‘rival drug dealers’, a friend claims 

Trivial gang fight in London diner 'that led to girl, 17, being gunned down'

The brutal attack lasted just 30 seconds when seven masked thugs went into the fast-food shop to stab the teenager at the counter before sprinting away.

The boy was left with blood pouring from his chest as Easter Sunday shoppers ran to help.

As the alleged attacker ran alongside the busy A12 road in Bow, East London, the large knife was clearly visible in CCTV from a nearby shop.

This is the chilling moment a hooded youth clutching an 8in knife fled after a boy of 16 was stabbed in a takeaway in Bow, London

This is the chilling moment a hooded youth clutching an 8in knife fled after a boy of 16 was stabbed in a takeaway in Bow, London

Detectives have arrested four men in connection with the stabbing but three others, including the suspected knifeman, remained at large last night. Police believe the attack was gang-related.

Shortly before the daylight attack a mother with two young children and a baby in a pram had been buying food in the shop.

A witness said: ‘I saw seven teenagers wearing hoods running away very fast. I went to the shop and I saw the boy being helped by someone on a chair. He was holding his chest near his heart.

‘The police came first and the ambulance came just after.’

The boy, who was in a critical but stable condition in an East London hospital last night, was chatting with friends outside the chicken shop just after 6pm. 

Seconds later, the masked group of youths could be seen on the CCTV walking purposefully towards their target.

London’s year of knife carnage: The 48 victims of 2018 murders

JANUARY – Eight deaths 

1 January, Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias, 20: Stabbed in the chest on New Year’s Day at a flat party in a council estate off Old Street in Islington, north London. After moving to the UK from Ecuador, the 20-year-old was reading physics and aerospace at Hertfordshire University and hoped to become a pilot

8 January, Daniel Frederick, 34: Daniel was killed metres from his home in Hackney after attending a hospital appointment for his pregnant partner

3 January, Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44: Found bleeding to death on Norfolk Road, in Ilford, after she had her throat slashed. She worked at a restaurant in the east London town and was returning home when she was stabbed to death

11 January, Harry Uzoka, 25: Harry, who was on the books of Premier Model Management and had modelled for brands including Mercedes and Zara – was stabbed in Shepherd’s Bush. Neighbours reported a shout of ‘hand it over’ in the melee which involved several men

29 January, Juan Olmos Saca, 39: Died six days after being found stabbed at an address in Peckham 

Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias, 20, was stabbed in the chest on New Year's Day at a flat party in a council estate off Old Street in Islington, north London. After moving to the UK from Ecuador, the 20-year-old was reading physics and aerospace at Hertfordshire University and hoped to become a pilot

Steve Frank Narvaez-Arias, 20, was stabbed in the chest on New Year’s Day at a flat party in a council estate off Old Street in Islington, north London. After moving to the UK from Ecuador, the 20-year-old was reading physics and aerospace at Hertfordshire University and hoped to become a pilot

Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44, was found bleeding to death on Norfolk Road, in Ilford, after she had her throat slashed on January 3

Elizabeta Lacatusu, 44, was found bleeding to death on Norfolk Road, in Ilford, after she had her throat slashed on January 3

FEBRUARY – Fifteen deaths

1 February, Seyed Khan, 49: Found in Ilford Cemetery more than a week after he had been reported missing

3 February, Kwabena Nelson, 22: Ambushed in Tottenham in the early hours where he was fatally stabbed

3 February, Hasan Ozkan, 19: Stabbed to death in Abbey Road, Barking 

5 February, Juan Olmos Saca: Died in hospital after being stabbed in Peckham

9 February, Hannah Leonard, 55: Fatally stabbed in Brays Tower, Primrose Hill

11 February, Sabri Chibani, 19: Stabbed in Streatham Common 

12 February, Bulent Kabala, 41: The taxi driver was shot dead in a ‘targeted hit’ on a roundabout in Barnet

13 February, Saeeda Hussain, 54: Found with critical injuries at an address in Ilford and pronounced dead at the scene

14 February, Promise Nkenda, 17: Fatally stabbed in Newham, east London

15 February, Mark Smith, 48: Mr Smith was found injured in Chingford, and died shortly afterwards

18 February, Lewis Blackman, 19: Lewis, who grew up on the Peckwater estate in Kentish Town, was killed in Kensington. Witnesses told how a gang of about eight youths, some armed with sticks, shouted ‘let’s chase him down’, before he was stabbed

19 February, Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26: Rotimi was fatally stabbed inside a property in the Halliday Square housing estate

20 February, Sadiq Mohamed, 20: The aspiring accountant was found with serious stab wounds in Malden Road, in Belsize Park

20 February, Abdikarim Hassan, 17: Abdikarim died in the street after being attacked in Camden

23 February, Josef Boci, 30: Jozef was beaten up in the street in Greenwich and died in hospital       

Seyed Khan, 49, who was found dead in London at the beginning of the month - on February 1 

Seyed Khan, 49, who was found dead in London at the beginning of the month – on February 1 

Kwabena Nelson, 22, who was stabbed to death in Tottenham

Hasan Ozcan, 19, who was stabbed to death on February 3

Youth worker Kwabena Nelson (left), 22, who was stabbed to death in Tottenham and Hasan Ozcan who was fatally knifed – both on February 3

Hannah Leonard, who was 55, was found dead on February 9 in a flat in Camden, North London

Hannah Leonard, who was 55, was found dead on February 9 in a flat in Camden, North London

Italian teenager Sabri Chibani, 19, was stabbed to death in south London on February 11, just weeks after moving to the capital to find work

Italian teenager Sabri Chibani, 19, was stabbed to death in south London on February 11, just weeks after moving to the capital to find work

Murder victim Bulent Kabala shot dead in targeted hit in Barnet

Lewis Blackman, 19, who was stabbed to death after a party in Kensington, west London, on February 18

Murder victim Bulent Kabala (left) was shot dead in targeted hit in Barnet on February 12, while Lewis Blackman (right), 19, was stabbed to death after a party in Kensington, west London, on February 18

Promise Nkenda, pictured here, was stabbed to death on Valentine's Day, February 14

Promise Nkenda, pictured here, was stabbed to death on Valentine’s Day, February 14

Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26, was killed on February 19 after he was knifed

Adbikarim Hassan, 17, was stabbed to death a day later on February 20

Rotimi Oshibanjo, 26, pictured left, was killed on February 19 after he was knifed, and Adbikarim Hassan, 17, pictured right, was stabbed to death a day later on February 20

Sadiq Mohamed, 20, pictured here, was stabbed to death on February 20 in a spate of deadly crimes in the capital

Sadiq Mohamed, 20, pictured here, was stabbed to death on February 20 in a spate of deadly crimes in the capital

Jozef Boci, 30, was assaulted on February 23, making him the final murder victim of the month

Jozef Boci, 30, was assaulted on February 23, making him the final murder victim of the month

MARCH – 22 deaths 

5 March, Kelva Smith, 20: Found stabbed in South Norwood, Croydon and pronounced dead at the scene

5 March, Laura Cecilia Navarrete De Figueira, 47, and her two children: Police launched a murder investigation after Laura Cecilia Navarrete De Figueira was found with stab wounds at her home in Twickenham. An hour earlier the body of her husband Figueira de Faria and the bodies of Claudio, 10, and Joaquin, seven, were discovered on the beach at Birling Gap, in Eastbourne, East Sussex. 

10 March, Michael Boyle, 44: Mr Boyle, from Galashiels, Scotland died of multiple organ failure after being stabbed at a property in Southwark. He was found on February 25 but died on March 10 

12 March, Nikolay Glushkov, 68: Russian businessman was found dead in his home in New Malden. He died from compression to the neck

14 March, Lyndon Davis, 18: The youngest to have been killed in March, was found suffering from a single stab wound in Chadwell Heath, east London 

14 March, Joseph Williams-Torres, 20: Killed as he sat in a stationary car in Essex Close, Walthamstow

18 March, Russell Jones, 23: Ambushed outside shops near Ponders End station, in Enfield and stabbed and shot to death

18 March, Tyrone Silcott, 42: The father-of-two died from knife wounds after a St Patrick’s Day party. It is alleged the car mechanic got into a row over two girls at a party in Homerton and was attacked

18 March, Hersi Hersi, 36: Hersi, who lived as a trans woman called Naomi, was pronounced dead at the scene after being found with knife injuries in Hounslow

19 March, Balbir Johal, 48: Died after being stabbed in Southall  

19 March, Jermaine Johnson, 41: Found with stab injuries and pronounced dead at the scene in Walthamstow 

20 March, Beniamin Pieknyi, 20: Believed to have jumped in to the fight in a bid to save his friend during the altercation at the Stratford Centre in east London. The 20-year-old, who only arrived in Britain two months ago from Romania, died in his best friend’s arms after being chased and stabbed by a gang in the busy shopping centre

24 March, Julian Joseph, 36: Approached by two men on a bus in New Cross Road and assaulted resulting in a severe head injury on March 13. He died on March 24 

25 March, Abraham Badru, 26: Gunned down in Hackney. The university graduate, who was murdered in Dalston, east London, was awarded the National Police Bravery Award in July 2009

26 March, David Potter, 50: Found stabbed to death in a property on Tooting High Street

29 March, unnamed man, 23: The victim was stabbed in the neck in Greenwich before being rushed to hospital by his friend where he died 

30 March, Leyla Mtumwa, 36: Leyla was found dead with stab wounds to the neck and chest at an address in Haringey 

Leyla Mtumwa

Kelva Smith

Left, Leyla Mtumwa, 36, was found dead with stab wounds to the neck and chest at an address in Haringey. Right, Kelva Smith, 20, stabbed in South Norwood, Croydon and pronounced dead at the scene

Trivial gang fight in London diner 'that led to girl, 17, being gunned down'

Tyrone Silcott

Left, Jermaine Johnson, 41, was found with stab injuries and pronounced dead at the scene in Walthamstow. Right, Tyrone Silcott, 42, died from knife wounds after a St Patrick’s Day party

Balbir Johal, 48: Died after being stabbed in Southall on March 19

Balbir Johal, 48: Died after being stabbed in Southall on March 19

Lyndon Davis, 18, the youngest to have been named, was found suffering from a single stab wound in Chadwell Heath, east London on March 14

Joseph Williams-Torres, 20, was killed the same evening as he sat in a stationary car in Essex Close, Walthamstow

Lyndon Davis (left), 18, the youngest to have been named in March, was found suffering from a single stab wound in Chadwell Heath, east London on March 14. Joseph Williams-Torres (right), 20, was killed the same evening as he sat in a stationary car in Essex Close, Walthamstow

Abraham Badru, 26: Gunned down in Hackney. The university graduate, who was murdered in Dalston, east London, on Sunday, was awarded the National Police Bravery Award in July 2009

Abraham Badru, 26: Gunned down in Hackney. The university graduate, who was murdered in Dalston, east London, on Sunday, was awarded the National Police Bravery Award in July 2009

Hersi Hersi (left), who lived as a trans woman called Naomi, was pronounced dead at the scene after being found with knife injuries at Heathrow Palace in Hounslow

Russell Jones, 23, became the eighth person in a week to be killed in London when he was ambushed outside shops near Ponders End station, Enfield

Hersi Hersi (left), who lived as a trans woman called Naomi, was pronounced dead at the scene after being found with knife injuries at Heathrow Palace in Hounslow. Russell Jones, 23, became the eighth person in a week to be killed in London when he was ambushed outside shops near Ponders End station, Enfield

Romanian Beniamin Pieknyi, 20, (pictured) is believed to have jumped in to the fight in a bid to save his friend during the altercation at the Stratford Centre in east London

Romanian Beniamin Pieknyi, 20, (pictured) is believed to have jumped in to the fight in a bid to save his friend during the altercation at the Stratford Centre in east London

APRIL – Two deaths

April 1, Devoy Stapleton: Stabbed at as he made his way home from a night out in Wandsworth. Police found him in a pool of his own blood after being called to the middle-class suburb of Earlsfield, south west London

April 2: Tanesha Melbourne, 17: Tanesha was gunned down near her home in Tottenham, north London in front of horrified friends and family. It is thought she was caught in the crossfire of a ruthless gang war 

April 2: Amaan Shakoor, 16: The teenager was shot in the face in Walthamstow, north London, and police have now confirmed he died from his injuries in hospital

Devoy Stapleton was stabbed at 1am on Sunday as he made his way home from a night out in Wandsworth, becoming London's twelfth murder victim in three weeks

Devoy Stapleton was stabbed at 1am on Sunday as he made his way home from a night out in Wandsworth, becoming London’s twelfth murder victim in three weeks

Trivial gang fight in London diner 'that led to girl, 17, being gunned down'

Tanesha was gunned down near her home in Tottenham, north London in front of horrified friends and family



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