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London bloodbath: Two men stabbed to death in ONE hour as knife crime pandemic soars

The Metropolitan Police found a man suffering from knife wounds in Barnet, northwest London just before 8.30pm on Thursday. He later died at the scene. At 7.15pm, police were called out to Bromley Road in Walthamstow, to an incident between two men thought to be in their mid-twenties. A man was stabbed to death and another was rushed to hospital with life-threatening stab wounds. The incidents were not related. No arrests were made and inquiries continue. This year has been branded the capital's bloodiest year for more than a decade.

This year has been particularly bad for knife crime incidents soaring to record highs with worries particularly over the escalation of violence in the capital.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has come under repeated criticism throughout the year for his actions.

The mayor provoked outrage by linking the Conservative education reforms to violence earlier this year.

He said the fragmentation of education through the creation of academies and free schools had left local councils with little focus over them as increasing numbers of pupils were excluded.

Mr Khan also claimed that research showed that those excluded from education were at significantly greater risk of getting involved in serious youth crime.

The stabbing happened in Walthamstow

The stabbing happened in Walthamstow (Image: GETTY)

The street that the stabbing happened on

The street that the stabbing happened on (Image: GOOGLE MAPS)

Looking to the success of Glasgow in reversing violent crime, he said: “In Glasgow most of the schools are maintained so councils have locus on them. In England many of the schools are academies or free schools.

"Councils have very little locus over those children in those schools. In Glasgow in 2017, one child was excluded, look at England by comparison more than 7,000 versus 3,000 earlier."

Going further Mr Khan said: "It cannot be right that so many of those who have committed offences have been excluded from school or were outside of mainstream education.”

"That is why the time has come to act urgently. In the first instance, local authorities need powers and responsibilities over all school exclusions.

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No arrests have been made and inquiries continue

No arrests have been made and inquiries continue (Image: GETTY)

"Time and again we are hearing how the fragmentation of the education system, and the breaking of the link between schools and local authorities, has led to a lack of accountability, co-ordination and action."

Ofsted, the school inspector however is less convinced of the link citing a lack of any clear evidence of exclusions playing a roll.

Earlier this year, Andrew Marr accused the the London Mayor of being “asleep at the wheel” over a surge in knife crime.

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Sadiq Khan has come under fire for knife crime in London

Sadiq Khan has come under fire for knife crime in London (Image: GETTY)

Mr Khan blamed the Conservatives on numerous occasions

Mr Khan blamed the Conservatives on numerous occasions (Image: GETTY)

Marr pressed the London Labour Mayor on shocking statistics that showed there had been 14,902 knife crime incidents last year.

This is a huge increase from 9,694 in 2016, when Mr Khan took power.

Mr Marr told the London Mayor: “You made big promises during your mayoral election campaign about getting on top of knife crime in the capital.

"You have completely failed, haven’t you?”

Mr Khan refused to accept he was at fault for the epidemic, instead blaming the Conservatives for the closure of youth centres and a lack of police on the streets.

The news of the double stabbing last night comes as another man died after a stabbing took place in Croydon this week.

Andrew Marr took the London Mayor to task over his record

Andrew Marr took the London Mayor to task over his record (Image: GETTY)

Police found the 33-year-old man suffering from knife wounds on Drake Road.

He was rushed to hospital but later died of his injuries.

The Met Police have launched a murder investigation which is the 145th this year.

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