Six people were stabbed in London within a 90-minute period Thursday — the latest victims in a terrifying crime wave that has gripped the British capital.
Three youths were arrested after a 13-year-old boy was rushed to a hospital with serious injuries about 7 p.m. Thursday from the attack in Newham, east London, police said.
About two hours earlier, two 15-year-old boys were listed in serious condition after being stabbed in Mile End, the Telegraph reported.
A youth was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and a 16-year-old boy who suffered minor injuries was arrested for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, Tower Hamlets police said.
Elsewhere in the city, a teenager was taken to a hospital after being stabbed in Ealing Broadway and a 21-year-old man was attacked in Walthamstow, the Evening Standard reported.
The flurry of stabbings comes as London reels from at least 56 people killed in 2018 — leading the city’s top cop this week to promise the use of “Al Capone”-style tactics to combat a murder rate that has surpassed New York City’s.
At least 35 of the victims were stabbed to death in a spasm of street gang violence that has led Scotland Yard to expand police stop-and-frisk powers, according to the Evening Standard.
Cressida Dick, the first female commissioner in the Met’s 189-year history, said the stabbings have made her “angry,” but defended her department’s actions.
“I think we have been able to provide a good service in the worst possible circumstances to the people affected by the attacks,” she added.
Dick this week announced a new 120-member task force to tackle organized crime — apparently in addition to the 80-strong Operation Sceptre anti-knife unit launched last May.
Chris Peddie, who received a royal honor for his youth work, revealed what could be a chilling motivation for youngsters to commit the crimes across London: a point system.
Police at the scene of a murder in LondonAP
“If you stab someone, you get one point,” he said, the Daily Star reported.
“If you are in a gang and stab two people and someone stabs nobody, then there is peer pressure to go out there and get yourself on the score sheet,” he said.
A 16-year-old boy told Peddie about the point system, saying he found himself atop the chart after stabbing six people.
“He doesn’t even know if he’s killed them or not,” Peddie said. “It is not a game — you are taking people’s lives.”
On Thursday, residents and community activists attended a protest in Hackney, east London, near the scene of the Wednesday night stabbing death of Israel Ogunsola, 18.
They demanded to know why police were not doing more to stem the tide of deadly crime.
“A lot of the children feel disenfranchised; they don’t feel they belong, they haven’t really got a meaning,” said Pauline Pearce, a Hackney mayoral candidate.
“They don’t feel that they have that connection to society, so a lot of things go wrong for them and sadly this is the sort of retaliation that comes,” she added.