Following on from last week’s post about Murders in London, I hope that this will be the last time I feel compelled to address the subject. I promise not to buy any more crayons for a while. London is a big place so I thought it might be useful (and hopefuly interesting) to break the problem down to a more local level.
Panic ye not, having looked at the above chart, I’m only going to aim my microscope at the top 3 Boroughs, in order, Lambeth, Newham and Southwark. Anything more would just take too long and send my loyal reader into a deep coma. However, if you live or work within the M25 feel free to send me a PM/DM/Carrier Pigeon and I’ll try and give you some perpsective about where you live or work. All applications for more than one Borough must be wrapped around a bottle of fine single malt.
Between 2003 and end of March 2020 there were 146 offences in Lambeth that were classified as Murder. Given the complexity (and volume) of the data, I believe it works out like this.
Shocking. Rest your eyes on Chart 2 for a few moments. Nearly 40% of the people charged with Murder in the Borough of Lambeth between 2003 and 2020 were in the 13 – 19 age group. 40%! let that sink in. That is OUR youth. All of us.
The Afro Caribbean population is the largest group in both Victims and Accuseds.
65% of the persons charged with Murder in Lambeth between 2003 and end of March 2020 were of Afro Caribbean origin. 65%. A significant majority.
Between 2003 and end of March 2020 there were also 146 offences in Lambeth that were classified as Murder. Broken down they look like this
Chart 5 once again showing a different profile to Lambeth, the majority of the Accuseds are under 34, but covering a fair spread from 13-34.
Chart 6 shows a somewhat different profile of those being charged with Murder compared with Lambeth. 13 to 19 year olds still form the largest single group (30%) , but 25 to 34 year olds are not far behind on 26%.
Again, Chart 7 shows a somewhat different pattern to Lambeth, Black and White more or less evenly represented, and Asians becoming far more prominent
Chart 8 shows that almost twice as many Black people were charged with Murder than Whites, followed closely by Asians
Slightly lower than the two Boroughs above at 134, not a huge difference over 17 years though.
Chart 9, sadly, clearly shows that the age group with the biggest problem is 13 to 19 year old, closely followed by 25 to 34 year olds. However I find the 0 to 12 year olds disturbing.
Chart 10 closely resembles Chart 2 (Lambeth) in that the largest age group for people charged with Murder is once again 13 to 19 year olds.
Chart 11 shows that once again, the Ethnicity group most affected by Murder, either as an Accused or a Victim, are the Afro Caribbeans, followed closely by the Whites, very similar yo both Lambeth and Newham.
Chart 12, clearly showing that just over half of the persons charged with Murder in Southwark Borough were of Afro Caribbean origin, approx twice as many as Whites who were allegedly responsible for just over a quarter of the total offences,
What does all of this tell us? Quite frankly it scares the crap out of me. Our (predominantly) young men, and in some cases children, are either killing or getting killed on the streets of London. These are not Domestic Disputes gone wrong they are Gang Related, Drug Related or even Post Code Related. Party politics need to be cast aside and ALL parties work together to work out what can be done for Children and Young Persons in London (and elsewhere) such that can stop killing each other.
We have heard a lot in the last few months about Black Lives Matter. Yes they do, ALL lives matter, but sadly a number of members of the Black population don’t seem to have a problem with taking Black lives. This is WRONG, all killing is wrong obviously, but how can BLM expect society as a whole to take BLM seriously when the Black population don’t stop killing each other? Anybody with any kind of suggestion whatsoever should pester the Mayor, the Commissioner, your Local Council, anybody who may have an interest and be able to work together with others to stop the killing.
Finally, let’s take a look at the three Boroughs most affected between 2003 and 2020. What werwe the most common methods for killing? Chart 13 gives us the answer, far and away the most popular are Knives, or similar, followed at some distance by shooting. Let that sink in for a moment. Stabbing, slashing or shooting all require a weapon of some kind to be carried through the streets by somebody. Look at the charts again, and then tell me that Stop and Search is bad and should be abandoned.
If you’re still here I thank you