Elijah Dornelly, 17, was stabbed on High Street in Walthamstow, east London, on Sunday 7 May. He was taken to hospital around 11.30pm, and died shortly after. Less than a week later, on Saturday night, another teenager died in London; Joao Gomes, 18, was stabbed to death in Enfield, north London, becoming the 16th young victim to be stabbed to death in the UK this year, and the seventh in London. Joao, like all the teenagers killed by knives in London this year, was black. The deaths have come amid a spate of stabbings in the capital that has spurred the Metropolitan police to revisit its anti-knife initiative, Operation Sceptre, with the formation of a dedicated 80-strong “murder suppression” unit. The force aims to import tactics from anti-violence initiatives that have proved successful in the US. The Guardian has been canvassing the opinions of community leaders and youth violence practitioners on whether the Met’s strategy will prove successful, and we hope to publish that work soon. The general consensus seems to be that any attempt to enforce a way out of the problem, without sufficient attention on the reasons why it is happening, is doomed to failure. According to many… Read full this story
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