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Youth violence and murder soar in London, new crime figures show, as man is stabbed to death for his iPhoneMan, 28, killed for his iPhone hours after triple knife attack at Tube station leaves one dead
A charity worker stabbed to death for his iPhone by a moped gang today became the latest victim of surging violent crime in London.
Abdul Samad, 28, was knifed in the heart on his doorstep hours after a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death by a moped-riding knifeman outside Parsons Green Underground station in a separate murder.
The shocking attacks come as new figures revealed crime overall in London is rising, with significant increases in cases of youth violence.
A total of 35 young people under the age of 25 have been murdered in the capital in the last 12 months, an 84 per cent rise on the same period last year.
The number of cases of serious youth violence - a measure of gang activity - also rose by 18 per cent.Overall, crime in London has risen by 5.6 per cent - or an extra 42,775 more offences - in the 12 months to the end of September, figures show today.
There were worrying 30 per cent increases in the categories of robbery, theft and knife crime as well as a 16 per cent rise in the number of rapes.
The number of murders in London in the past 12 months has risen to 133, compared to 106 in the previous period, one of the highest totals in the past 10 years.
The official police figures were revealed at a meeting of the London Assembly Police and Crime Committee today.
The figures show there were a total of 805,173 offences in the last 12 months.
The number of violent muggings rose from 20,386 cases to 26,767, while thefts from the person, which includes moped snatches, was up from 34,552 to 45,175.
The number of break-ins also rose by 13.4 per cent to a total of 49,914 while there was also a 22 per cent increase in the number of knife crime with injury offences.
Gun crime rose by nearly 19 per cent and the number of shootings was up by 11 per cent to 338.
Hate crimes are also rising, with increases across all categories, and Islamaphobic offences up by 23 per cent.
The committee heard that the Met was struggling to keep officer numbers at around 32,000. At present, the number is around 30,500.
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick was facing questions at the committee over how she will tackle the increases as the force is facing a further £400 million budget cut.
Scotland Yard announced yesterday it was to stop investigating thousands of minor crimes including low level burglaries and assaults as part of an effort to save money.
Sophie Linden, the Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, said the increases came as the Met faced unprecedented pressure with Government cuts forcing it to make £1 billion of savings between 2010 and 2021 at a time when crime was rising and the city had suffered four terrorist attacks.
Ms Linden said: “It is more important than ever that the Government does the right thing in the budget, and gives our police and security services the funding they need to keep us safe.”
Tory London Assembly member Susan Hall backed calls for extra funding but accused Mayor Sadiq Khan of “taking his eye off the ball” in tackling crime.
She said: “In reality the Met is facing no greater funding pressure than it was under Boris.”
Martin Hewitt, assistant commissioner for Territorial Policing, said the Met was committed to tackling the violence.
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