London's DEADLIEST year for teenage killings in a decade

London's DEADLIEST year for teenage killings in a decade
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London has seen its most deadly year for teenage killings in more than a decade after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death over a ‘fake Gucci bag’.

Rishmeet Singh was the 28th teenager killed on the streets of London this year, just one fewer than the record of 29 in 2008 for teens killed in the capital in a single year. 

Only a few hours after the young Sikh boy’s death Scotland Yard announced the results of a knife crackdown that saw officers seize nearly 300 blades and arrest close to 1,000 people in a campaign that lasted a week.

His death on Wednesday came just a week after Jermaine Cools, 14, died in an unrelated knife attack in Croydon, south London. 

London's DEADLIEST year for teenage killings in a decade
© Provided by Daily Mail Rishmeet Singh (pictured), 16, was stabbed to death in Southall, London on Wednesday. The young Sikh boy was the 28th teenager to be killed in the capital this year, the highest total in more than a decade

Rishmeet, who was from an Afghan Sikh family, was said to have worked various jobs to provide for his disabled mother, who lives above a shop close to where he was killed.

His mother was seen crying at the scene after learning her only child had been killed.

The teenager had been seen being pursued by a number of youths before he fell down outside his home on Raleigh Road in Southall, west London.

A shopkeeper from the area told the Evening Standard: ‘I knew him, he was a good guy. His friends are all saying he was stabbed over this Gucci bag, it wasn’t even real. It’s terrible.’

London's DEADLIEST year for teenage killings in a decade
© Provided by Daily Mail A police forensics tent with medical equipment on the ground was seen inside a cordon on Raleigh Road in Southall, west London after the fatal stabbing

Metropolitan Police officers were called to the road at 9.07pm on Wednesday after reports of a stabbing following a fight involving a group of people.

Officers attended along with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and found the 16-year-old with stab wounds.

He died at the scene a short time later, sparking a murder inquiry.

His family were informed and were supported by specialist officers.

Detective Chief Inspector James Shirley, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘My thoughts and those of my team are with Rishmeet’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.

‘I want to reassure them and the wider community that we are working around the clock to bring the person, or people, responsible for Rishmeet’s death, to justice.

London's DEADLIEST year for teenage killings in a decade
© Provided by Daily Mail Police were called to the west London address at 9.07pm on Wednesday after onlookers saw the 16-year-old collapse outside his home following a pursuit on foot by a gang of youths

‘I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my appeal for anyone who was in the area around Raleigh Road just after 9pm on Wednesday and saw this incident to get in contact.

‘You may have vital evidence that could help us progress this investigation.

‘I would also ask local residents in the area, or road users who were around Raleigh Road at the time of this attack, to check any footage they may have captured on doorbell, dashboard or CCTV cameras. If you can help, please get in touch.’

A Section 35 dispersal order, which gives officers powers to direct people to leave an area, was authorised for until this afternoon in Southall Broadway, Southall Green, the Havelock Estate, Uxbridge town centre and Hayes town centre.

Residents across Hounslow, Hillingdon and Ealing were told to expect to see an ‘increased policing presence over the coming days’.

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, head of policing in the area said: ‘Rishmeet’s family have been devastated by his death and my thoughts are with them. Specialist detectives continue to work at pace to find out who was responsible for this attack.

‘I would also add my appeal to the public to get in touch if they have any information that could help the investigation.

‘I know that this tragic incident will have understandably shocked the local community and our officers throughout the west area share that shock.’

How many teenagers have been killed in London in 2021? 

There have been a total of 28 teenage killings in London in 2021.

This surpasses the 27 killings seen in 2017, which had been the highest in recent years.

This year’s total is just one fewer than the 2008 record of 29 for a single year in London. 

This is a list of the 28 victims this year:

London's DEADLIEST year for teenage killings in a decade
© Provided by Daily Mail Pictured: Some of the teenagers killed in London this year. From top row, left to right: Anas Mezenner, 17, Hani Solomon, 18, Drekwon Patterson, 16, Tai Jordan O’Donnell, 19, Ahmed Beker , 19, Camron Smith, 16, and Damarie Omare Roye, 16. Second row, left to right: Mazaza Owusu-Mensah, 18, Hussain Chaudhry, 18, Levi Ernest-Morrison, 17, Fares Maatou, 14, Abubakkar Jah, 18, Tamim Ian Habimana, 15, Hazrat Wali, 18, and Rishmeet Singh, 16. Third row, left to right: Daniel Laskos, 16, Denardo Samuels-Brooks, 17, Jalan Woods-Bell, 15, Keane Flynn-Harling, 16, Kamran Khalid, 18, and Taylor Cox, 19

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