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London murder rate overtakes New York for first time ever

London’s murder rate has overtaken that of New York City for the first time ever.

2018 has seen the Met Police investigate 46 murders so far, compared with 50 across the pond, but as New York’s rate of deaths has decreased in 2018, London’s murder rate has gone in the opposite direction.

February saw 11 murders in New York, compared with 15 in London, the first month in which the UK’s capital had more than the Big Apple, while in March, 22 murders were investigated in London, one more than the 21 murder investigations launched in New York.

Both cities are similarly sized at around 8.5m people, and when the figures are adjusted for population, London’s rate of murders per 100,000 people was higher than New York in February and March.

The report comes in light of three fatal shootings that took place earlier this month. A 17-year-old girl died in her mother’s arms after being in shot in Tottenham, a 16-year-old boy remains in critical conditions after being shot in East London, and a 15-year-old victim has been taken to an East London hospital to deal with stab wounds.

Jacob Whittingham, member of charity Fight for Peace, offered an explanation as to why the situation is getting worse, telling the Evening Standard: 

“What’s scary about London is the randomness of the crime. 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.”

Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are now at the highest levels since 2011.