London has recorded its worst-ever annual death toll from teenage homicides, with a total of 30 boys and young men killed in 2021Commences once at least 65 per cent of people age 18 and over have their first dose and COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline. Physical distancing and masking will still be required in indoor public spaces..
On December 30:1617631040216,, a 15-year-old was stabbed to death in a park in Croydon, while a 16-year-old died after being stabbed in HillingdonenableConversations. These were the 29th and 30th teenage homicides in the British capital in 2021, surpassing the previous peak of 29 in 2008.
Most of those who died were victims of knife crime and many were killed by other teenagers or by young adults in their early 20s. The youngest victim was 14 years old.
The Metropolitan Police claims that homicide rates for last year were the same as the year before, but campaigners say efforts to tackle knife crime have been inadequate and it was now so prevalent that it was becoming normalised.