Teenagers all Over Britain
Teenagers all over Britain have been stabbed to death during the past 12 months, 27 teenagers in total. During the first two months of 2019, 10 teenagers were stabbed and killed, which five of them took place in London. In fact, two of the teenagers were stabbed and killed on the same night, in the centre of London, within 40 minutes. The terrifying fact that the criminals murdering the teens, are also youths.
According to an expert, who stated himself in the Daily Mail, the criminal youths doing the crimes wear sharp objects or knives around for “status and protection, they seem increasingly desensitised to the realities and dangers”. BBC also wrote about these young criminals. Here they informed that knife crimes all over the UK have increased by 9%, and just in London, the numbers have gone up by 16%. This happened in the past two years.
Theresa May had a statement where she insisted that “there is no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers”. What May wanted the focus to be on, is the police and how they respond to these criminal acts and that people are brought to justice. Police and other crime commissioners took a backlash at May’s comment when a political row came and doubted the government's knowledge and control of the knife crimes.
The consequences of wearing a knife or other sharp objects around did also become stricter. If you now, as an adult, have been caught twice, carrying a knife, you will go to jail. When you are under 16 years old, you will most likely get community service, but you could be given a custodial sentence. The sentencing council will be reviewing the case and can publish the revised findings the year after when you are 17.
Sharon Fearon, who lost her 17-year-old son due to knife crime, think the penalties must become tougher. Two 15-year-old teenagers were arrested for the murder of her son, and the case went to trial, the jury was hung, and the case was dismissed. No one has been punished for her son’s death, and Sharon feels the system have let her down. She says that there needs to be a sentence for carrying knives. Even if you get caught wearing it one time, you should get punished. “If kids do not get punishment for carrying knives, how many other mothers will be like me?” Fearon says to the ITV News.
Some of the victims:
The first victim in 2019 was Jaden Moodie. He was 14 years old when he was stabbed to death 8. January in east London. Being just 14, he is the youngest person to die in a street attack in over a year. The incident happened while Jaden Moodie was riding a moped in Leyton, when he was rammed by a car. Jaden Moodie was repeatedly stabbed by three men, but Ayoub Majdouline, who was 18, was charged for the murder of the 14-year-old.
Another of the victims from 2019 is Jodie Chesney, a 17 year old girl. She played music with a group of friends in a park in east London, when two men were seen. These men observed them from a distance, according to witnesses. The men left around 9pm, without speaking or interacting with the group. Approximately 30 minutes later the two males returned, walking straight towards the friends. One of them stabbed Jodie once in the back. Nothing was said and the two suspects ran off.