MURDER MILESTONE: London Homicide Rate Officially Tops 2017 After Bloody Weekend

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The murder rate in the UK capital hit a “grim milestone” over the weekend, with a spat of stabbings and homicides matching the total statistics of 2017 in November and sparking fierce criticism of Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Local police confirm there have been five knife-related murders in recent days; taking the official death toll in London to 118 so far this year.

“This is equal to the number in the whole of 2017, according to Home Office figures, excluding the 13 victims of the terrorist attacks at Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and Finsbury Park,” writes the Telegraph.

“The latest incident involved the death of a 35-year-old woman who suffered an abdominal wound at an address in Ilford, east London, on Monday. A 50-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder,” adds the article.

Mayor Sadiq Khan drew fierce criticism from local residents earlier this year when he publicly blamed “budget cuts” for the escalating violence sweeping the capital.