Gun or knife crime has claimed the life of the 24th teenage victim in the capital this year, making 2017 the worst year for teenage homicide since 2008. The stabbing of an 18-year-old male in Northolt has taken the grim toll to one of the highest levels the capital has ever seen - and we are not even out of the month of November yet. A statement by the Metropolitan Police said that a murder investigation has been launched after the victim sadly passed away from his injuries today (November 21). The Met Police said they were called just before 22:30hrs on Saturday, November 18 to Newnham Close, Northolt to reports that a teenager had been stabbed.

Officers attended the scene along with the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance. The 18-year-old male was taken to a London hospital where he remained in a life-threatening condition until he sadly passed away three days later. His family have been informed and a post-mortem is scheduled to take place.

Murders have risen this year

The fatal stabbing of the 18-year-old in Northolt was the second teenager to be murdered on the streets of the capital in the past week. Last Thursday, November 16, police were called at 23:14hrs to reports of a group of males armed with weapons in Mount Pleasant Road E17. At the scene in Walthamstow, an 18-year-old male was found suffering a stab wound to the stomach, he was taken to an East London hospital for treatment but tragically passed away on Monday, November 20.

The next of kin have been informed and a post-mortem is scheduled to take place.

These statements have become all too depressingly familiar recently. Murders have risen this year in London, and these latest killings take the total number of murders to 6 in the last 9 days. London has long suffered from problems involving knife and gun crime, but this latest uptick in violent attacks is sure to generate concern among Londoners.

Over 30 people aged 20 or below have been murdered in the capital this year and this epidemic of knife and gun killings is robbing us of a young generation. A 17-year-old male has been arrested in relation to the Northolt attack and bailed to return to the police station in mid-December. No arrests thus far have been made in relation to the Walthamstow murder.

An ever-growing list

This is the list of all the teenagers that have been murdered in the capital so far this year.

20-1-2017 Djodjo Nsaka 19 -stabbed in Wembley

23-1-2017 Quamari Serunkuma-Barnes 15-knifed in Willesden

19-3-2017 David Adegbite 18-shot dead in Barking

21-3-2017 Abdifatah Sheikhey 19-shot dead in Ilford

7-4-2017 Karim Samms 16-shot dead in North Woolwich

11-4-2017 Abdullahi Tarabi 19-stabbed to death in Northolt

19-4-2017 Jordan Wright 19-knifed in Blackheath

23-4-2017 Mohammed Hassan 17-stabbed to death in Battersea

7-5-2017 Elijah Dornelly 17-knifed in Walthamstow

13-5-2017 Joao Ricardo Gomes 18-stabbed to death in Enfield

2-6-2017 Abdirahman Mohamed 17-stabbed to death in Peckham

6-6-2017 Osman Sharif 16-knifed in Tottenham

29-6-2017 Mahad Ali 18-stabbed to death in East Acton

2-8-2017 Joshua Bwalya 16-knifed in Barking

5-8-2017 Soban Khan 18-run over by a car in Enfield

8-8-2017 Daniel Namanga 19-stabbed to death in Peckham

8-8-2017 Jermaine Goupall 15-knifed in Thornton Heath

25-8-2017 Abdul Mayanja 19-shot dead in Maryland

5-9-2017 Corey Davis 14-shot dead in Forest Gate

6-10-2017 Saif Abdul Magid 18-stabbed to death in Neasden

29-10-2017 Aren Mali 17-stabbed to death in Croydon

2-11-2017 Michael Jonas 17-knifed in Penge