London stabbings: Teenager fighting for life and two other people killed in weekend knife attacks
A teenager is fighting for life today and two people were killed in attacks within hours of each other in the latest spate of knife crime in London.
The 18-year-old was found with knife wounds near Alexandra Palace shortly after 9.20pm last night and is said to be critical in hospital today.
A second man, who was later found suffering stab wounds at an address in Southgate, is thought to have been injured in the same fight. His condition is not said to be life threatening.
A 19-year-old man was arrested nearby and was being questioned on suspicion of affray today.
The attacks came after two people died last night in separate stabbings.
âRaul Nicolaie, a 26-year-old painter-decorator with a four-month-old baby, was found with knife wounds at a flat in Zenith Close, Colindale, at around 6pm.
He was rushed to hospital but died later in the evening. A woman in her 20s has been arrested.
The victimâs mother, Eva Chiriac, was visiting relatives in Romania when she was informed of the attack and is returning to London today to identify his body.
She told the Standard: âI canât explain my pain in words. He has a baby boy who was born on New Yearâs Day.
âRaul was so excited to have a son and wanted the best for his new baby.
Forensic officers in Colindale after a young father was murdered (NIGEL HOWARD)
âMy boy was just 26 years old. He was a good man and we want justice for his death. I still donât know what happened. I will love him all my life.â
In south London, just after 6.30pm, police were called to a house in Sudbourne Road, Brixton, where a woman in her 30s was found suffering from stab wounds. She was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.
A suspect in his 20s was seen being led away from the house in handcuffs.
One neighbour said: âThey are a lovely family who have lived here for a long time. Weâve no idea what happened. Weâre in absolute shock.â
Another neighbour said a woman, her son and grandson lived at the house.
The weekend violence comes as police are battling a surge in the murder rate in London with homicide levels topping the number of killings in New York in February and March.
So far 59 murder investigations have been launched in the capital with officers making arrests in more than 45 cases.
Last week Met chief Cressida Dick said police had significantly increased the use of the blanket Section 60 stop and search power in suspected violent areas in response to the issue.
She admitted that the rate of solved murders had fallen to 72%, mainly because gang-linked killings were âhard cases to proveâ when detectives met a âwall of silenceâ from witnesses.Source: Google News