Knife and gun crime on the rise in South West London

Knife and gun crime on the rise in South West London

As knife and gun crime continues to rise, police still pursue to find Michale Kitandwe’s killers one year later.

Police continue to investigate into Michael Kitwande’s death, who died June 21 last year in Battersea, are working with Crimestoppers who are offering a reward to anyone with information.

Last year late afternoon, Police, who were called by the London Ambulance Service, were informed that a man was stabbed outside a block of flats on Wayford Street, SW11.

Matthew, 18, was a student at South Thames College, was pronounced dead at the scene, with his mother witnessing his final moments.

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Price, Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “A year on from the murder, we have found no evidence to suggest that Matthew was affiliated to gangs or to crime, and we have found nothing that indicates a motive for his murder.”

He continued: “This appears to have been a senseless attack on a young man and Matthew’s family has been left devastated; they rightly deserve to know what led to his death.”

Independent charity, Crimestoppers will give a reward of £10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction to Matthew’s death.

The appeal comes days after a man, was shot to death in a passenger seat of a car in Croydon.

Tinodiwanashe Makwanya, 24, was killed Friday 9 June by a motorcyclist with a pillion passenger, who pulled up alongside the car and fired shots at the vehicle.

The car driver, who also suffered minor injuries, took Mr Makwanya, who was from Croydon, to hospital but he died on arrival.

Mr Makwanya’s death comes after statistics recently showed that there has been a risen gun and knife crime in South West London.

In the past year South West London has seen a high number of fatalities in relation to gun and knife crime.

With the exception of two taking place in a residential home between a married couple killed (their death’s are still being investigated) the other victims were killed in the streets of South West London.

Recent Met official statistics have shown a rise in violent crimes, particularly with the amount of gun and knife crime offences increasing by 42 per cent in gun rime, and 24 per cent in knife crime over the past year.

The majority of the South West London killings have not said to be gang related, however do seem to be acted by young people.

The Met’s Commissioner, Cressida Dick, who has only been in this title for a few months is being faced with the rise of violent crimes, and has expressed her plans to fight the concern on restricted resources and funding.

In April Ms Dick told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: “The figures worry me.

“I want to bear down across the wide spectrum of violent crime.

“If it is the case that gun crime and knife crime are going up, that is of huge concern to me and it will mark out my commissionership trying to bear down on violence in general and those two crimes in particular.”

12 people have been killed in the south west region of London, and surrounding areas. In the recent events, Mahamed Hassan, 17, was stabbed to death in Battersea after cycling from a party.

A resident from York road estate where Mahamed was killed, said: “ It’s terrible you know, the young kids killing each other, I was away on business when it happened, but when I heard i just thought it’s terrible you know.

“I’ve lived here for over 30 years and it’s been like this in the past year.”

The other victims of knife and gun crime in South West London include; Abdullah Hammia, 24, stabbed in Wandsworth on 25 April 2017, Bjorn Brown, 23, stabbed in Thornton Heath on 29 March 2017, Malachi Brooks, 21, stabbed in Battersea on 28 March 2017, and Kyle Maher, 21, stabbed in Tooting on 21 January 2017.

Last year’s victims were Keeno Harris, 28, shot in Thornton heath on 27 November 2016, Mohamed Hassan (Bashr), 35, stabbed in Battersea on 3 August 2016, Michael Kitwande, 18, stabbed in Battersea on 20 June 2016, Stephen Michael Bernard and Helen Fraser, 50, found dead with stab wounds in Fulham on 20 June 2016, and Lewis Elwin, 20, stabbed in Tooting on 18 April 2016.

Official data from the Metropolitan Police 2016-17 statistics show that knife crime offences has more than doubled, currently standing at 683 offences, in comparison to 337 in 2015-2017.

Figures also an increase of 33 knife offence sanction detections to deal with the increase of knife crime.

The overall outlook on the boroughs suggest that more gun and knife crimes are being committed and not enough convictions are happening to reflect this, which may be the result police cuts and of lack of resources.

It is believed that another shooting took place in Thornton Heath Croydon, last night Saturday 24 June, however the two boys who were shot are in a stable condition.