Violence in London
More people have been killed in London by gun and knife violence than British service people killed in Afghanistan and Iraq combined during 2001 – 2010:
Afghanistan – 382 deaths from 2001 – 19th September 2011
Iraq 179 deaths from 2003 – February 2009
Total of 561 deaths of British service people*
People under the age of 40 killed in London via shooting or sharp instrument from 2001 – 2010:
Total deaths 624*
3636 people were victims of knife crime within the three-month period of February 2011 to April 2011 in London alone.
This is unacceptable. Our young Londoners are living in areas with levels of violence comparable to warzones.