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TOPIC: On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London's streets

On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London's streets 01 Nov 2017 08:21 #4768

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By Ed Thomas and Noel Titheradge

A motorbike gang robbed London delivery driver Abla at knifepoint in July
Delivery rider Abla's life changed in an instant in July on his way through Tottenham, north London.
After stopping at traffic lights, his moped was surrounded by five other motorbikes, two riding on the road, three on the pavement.
With the lights on red, he was pushed off his scooter while being threatened with a knife. In a matter of seconds the bike was gone.
"My money has gone, my bike has gone, my job, everything," he said.
"I don't know what I'm going to do."
With only third party insurance, he estimates he's had £2,500 stolen from him.
He is far from being alone.
Across England and Wales an incident involving a blade or sharp object takes place, on average, every 14 minutes. Of the 37,000 incidents in the past 12 months, more than 13,000 offences were committed in London.
'Thousands' of knife crime victims aged 18 or younger
The moped and scooter crime wave that has swept London
Reality Check: Is crime up or down?
We filmed Abla's bike being stolen. What is striking looking back at the footage is how small the robbers look on their mopeds.
But the police say this is not a surprise, with the average age of moped criminals at just 15.

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