The seventeen year old girl stabbed to death in east London becomes the fifth teenager to be stabbed to death in London so far this year.
But it is not a crime confined to the capital.
Research published by The Times newspaper today shows violent crime surging outside London. Earlier this week, police in Birmingham said they had recorded a staggering 269 knife-related incidents since the beginning of this year.
Minnie Stevenson is at the scene of last-night’s attack.