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Statement re: Fatal incidents of violence across London

News   •   Jun 16, 2019 16:35 BST

Increased police patrols after 11 arrested, following three fatal incidents of violence in London.

Eleven people have been arrested following three murders across London this weekend and detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in Wandsworth have charged two people. Incident rooms for the respective incidents in Wandsworth, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets have been opened by the Homicide and Major Crime Command and enquiries continue. 

Additional patrols are being conducted by police and officers will be on hand in the area to speak with local residents as the investigations continue.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matthew Twist, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with all the victims' families and friends who are facing the most devastating tragedy imaginable this weekend and indeed to their wider communities.

“We made a significant number of arrests in relation to the three incidents and officers are undertaking further activities, following up additional investigative leads to ensure that we achieve justice for the families of those affected by violence in the last few days.

“We have increased the coverage of the Violent Crime Task Force in targeted areas across London this weekend and officers from across the boroughs, supported by colleagues from specialist units, will continue to undertake high-visibility patrols which will remain in place today and into the start of the week.

“We have been using a number of operational tactics in targeted locations, to prevent further violence and to provide reassurance to the communities in those areas.

“The circumstances, causes and motives for any homicide or serious violence incident are different and unique, and require different investigative strategies and approaches. But we are taking a service-wide response and all officers right across London continue to be relentless in our pursuit of those who bring violence to our communities.

“The public also play a huge role in helping to both prevent and detect crime. I urge anyone who has information about an incident, or about someone they suspect to be carrying a weapon to get in touch. Information doesn’t just help detect crime but vitally can help prevent crime from taking place. Information from communities can help save lives.

“We understand people are nervous about anonymity but I want to reassure the public that any information provided to police is treated in the strictest confidence. However, if you don’t want to speak to the police, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. It’s 100% anonymous. They never ask your name or trace your call or I.P address.

“If you are worried about someone, advice and support is available through organisations including Knife Free: www.knifefree.co.uk and Fearless www.fearless.org"