TWO men have been stabbed to death today as the knife crime epidemic continues to rage on – with 14 people now slaughtered in 16 days.
The first victim, aged in his 20s, died at the scene in Leyton, East London, after being knifed at around 5.10pm.
The second – a 22-year-old man – died in hospital today after being knifed when he was hit by a car in Oxford last Wednesday.
The attacks are the latest in a fortnight of bloody violence up and down the country which reached crisis point when two 17-year-olds were stabbed to death last weekend.
Girl Scout Jodie Chesney was knifed in the back as she listened to music with pals in an East London park while straight A-Grammar school student Yousef Makki was knifed to death in a posh Cheshire village.
The senseless stabbings sparked political backlash with huge pressure on PM to stem the flow of violence across Britain.
Today’s killing in the capital is understood to be the 21st murder investigation launched in London this year as bloodshed continues to plague the UK.
An air ambulance landed close to a children’s playground this evening and a crime scene in remains in place.
No arrests have been made and a post mortem will take place in due course.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “A crime scene remains in place. Enquiries continue.
“The Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating and appealing for witnesses to come forward.
“Anyone with information concerning this incident is urge to call police via 101 quoting CAD 5145/6 March or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.”
Thames Valley Police have now launched a murder probe after the victim injured in the attack in Oxford passed away in John Radcliffe Hospital.
Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Blaik, of the Major Crime Unit said: “We believe the incident started at approximately 2320hrs in Ridgefield Road (February 27) before moving into Southfield Road and involved a number of people.
“Sadly, the injuries sustained by the victim have proved fatal, and a murder investigation has been launched.
“I am continuing to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen what happened, or have any information about this incident to contact us.”
Mounting pressure has been placed on Theresa May to try and solve the problem as MPs continue to argue among themselves in Parliament instead of tackling the epidemic.
The PM has been locked in a row with senior Tories after claiming that funding cuts to the police aren’t responsible for rising crime.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday launched a blistering attack on Mrs May – demanding more cash for cops and for the PM to back his call to make it easier for police to use stop and search powers on suspect thugs.
And the embattled PM has been held personally responsible for the record level of stabbings by Met Commissioner Cressida Dick.
Separately, London Mayor Sadiq Khan tore into the Government over funding as he returned from a controversial mini-break – and visited a youth centre in Croydon.
He accused Theresa May and Sajid Javid of “crying crocodile tears” over the knife crime crisis and said the Home Office had ignored his calls for more funding for two years.
Mrs May today said she would hold a summit in No 10 in the coming days with MPs, community leaders and victims to explore what can be done to tackle the carnage.
The knife crime crisis came to a head at the weekend after Explorer Scout Jodie, 17, was stabbed to death in a park in Romford as she listened to music with her boyfriend.
Her family said the government must increase jail terms for anyone caught carrying a knife to tackle Britain’s stabbing epidemic.
Relative Karen Chesney called on people to lobby the government to ensure those convicted receive a minimum of 10 years in jail, while those who attack receive at least a 25 year sentence.
An online petition backed by Jodie’s family has been signed more than 32,000 times.