On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London’s streets

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On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London’s streets


Delivery rider Abla’s life changed in an instant in July on his way through Tottenham, north London.

After stopping at traffic lights, his moped was surrounded by five other motorbikes, two riding on the road, three on the pavement.

With the lights on red, he was pushed off his scooter while being threatened with a knife. In a matter of seconds the bike was gone.

“My money has gone, my bike has gone, my job, everything,” he said.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

With only third party insurance, he estimates he’s had £2,500 stolen from him.

He is far from being alone.

Across England and Wales an incident involving a blade or sharp object takes place, on average, every 14 minutes. Of the 37,000 incidents in the past 12 months, more than 13,000 offences were committed in London.

We filmed Abla’s bike being stolen. What is striking looking back at the footage is how small the robbers look on their mopeds.

But the police say this is not a surprise, with the average age of moped criminals at just 15.

Just weeks later we encounter the aftermath of another attack – this time a woman in a wheelchair assaulted in her local park after a man tried to steal her bag.

Her head and arms covered in blood, she is confused and distressed.

“I couldn’t see anything”, she said…Read More

Lakeem Khodra
Lakeem Khodra
News Writer/Contributor at Tyranny News @lakeemk

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