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2 Jan 2020

London murder rate soars despite £30m initiative

Senior Home Affairs Correspondent

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The number of homicides in the capital is the highest for a decade.

There’s been a surge in gang and knife related crimes.

Last year – 149 people were killed across London – the vast majority were stabbed.

The Home Office says it’s tackling the crisis by ploughing more money into violence reduction units across England and Wales – in total, almost £70 million over two years.

And, says London’s City Hall – it is having an effect – with fewer victims under the age of 25.