UK: Girl shot dead in London

St Mary le Strand Church in central London is the home of the WRNS memorial book and memorabilia

St Mary le Strand Church in central London is the home of the WRNS memorial book and memorabilia

Police were called at 9.35pm but she could not be saved. We're going to bring this whole area to a standstill.

"We were out here until one o'clock in the morning", a neighbour said.

A local resident, who did not want to be named, said she heard multiple shots, which sounded like a "bomb" exploding. I even tried to save her - had to, had to'.

A witness said a woman, believed to be the victim's mother, began "screaming" when she discovered the girl shortly after the shooting.

"The Mayor is deeply concerned by violent crime in the capital - every life lost to violent crime is a tragedy", a spokeswoman for London Mayor Sadiq Khan said in a statement on Tuesday. "This is not the first time".

The Tottenham resident said: "It's so violent around here".

London police investigated more murders than NY over the last two months, statistics show, as the mayor's office condemned a "violent scourge" on the city's streets after another weekend of bloodshed.

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Acting Chief Superintendent Tania Coulson said: "Yesterday was a shocking night for all of us in Waltham Forest which left two young men suffering awful injuries; one of whom has now died".

So far there is no evidence of a link to the Tottenham murder, but it will be one line of inquiry to rule it out. For March, 22 murders were investigated in London, with 21 reports in NY.

Figures published in January showed police recorded 37,443 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument in the year ending September 2017 - a 21% increase compared with the previous year and the highest tally since comparable records started in the 12 months to March 2011.

The latest victim, a 20-year-old man, was stabbed to death after leaving a bar in the Earlsfield area of south west London in the early hours of Easter Sunday, according to The Daily Telegraph. The number of killings reached a peak around June before dropping again in the second half of the year. I almost got stabbed the other day. "We were here for ages but clearly she was already gone".

I'm told there were dozens of people out until 02:00 BST consoling each other, while other residents woke to see police cordons and press at the scene.

In the coming weeks, the Home Office will publish a serious violence strategy, which it says will place a "new emphasis" on steering young people away from crime.

Proposed measures include a tightening of rules covering online sales of knives. The Government is determined to do everything it can to break the cycle.