A series of violent acts took place this weekend on London’s streets, leaving two dead and three seriously injured.
A 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Sydenham, South London, in the early evening on Saturday (April 10), while a man was charged with the murder of an 85-year-old woman on the same day after she was found not breathing in a home in Ilford.
Also in Ilford, a woman in her 50s was attacked with an axe and seriously injured in what is believed to have been ‘primarily domestic in nature’.
The woman was rushed to hospital and was left in a critical condition.
Police arrested a man, 47, on suspicion of attempted murder, and said that the woman and the man are known to each other.
Another teenager was stabbed and rushed to hospital after being stabbed at the More London Riverside area of Southwark, between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, shortly after midnight on Sunday, April 11.
His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
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Stabbing in Sydenham
Police were called to Sydenham Road to reports of a man stabbed and found the 17-year-old lying on the ground at around 7.20 pm.
In a video of the incident, seen by My London but too gruesome to publish, you can hear the frantic instructions relayed between a 999 operator and the members of the public trying to save the teenager.
Instructions trying to save the boy’s life were being told to a man on the phone who was passing them on to those with the boy.
He can be heard saying: “We’ve got a towel, we’ve got a towel. He’s doing that, he’s holding it firmly on the wound. What else should he do?”
The boy was bleeding badly from a single stab wound according to the witnesses.
The man on the phone frantically asked: “What else do you need me to do? What else do you need me to do now?!”
He continues relaying information: “There’s one stab wound. He’s non responsive.
“Is he breathing?”
Those with the boy reply: “Yes, yes, yes. Only just.”
Sadly, the boy was pronounced dead just after 8pm.
Man charged with murder of elderly woman
A man has been charged with the murder of an 85-year-old woman who was found not breathing in a home in Rushden Gardens, Ilford.
Police have identified the woman as Loretta Herman, though a formal identification is yet to take place.
Mark Herman, 54 from Rushden Gardens, Ilford, was charged on Saturday, April 10 with the pensioner’s murder.
Herman has been remanded in custody and will appear at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 12.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called to Rushden Gardens at 10:51hrs on Friday, 9 April.
“Officers attended with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service. An 85-year-old woman was found unconscious and not breathing.
“Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics, she was pronounced dead shortly before midday.
“A post-mortem examination has confirmed that the cause of her death was compression to the neck.”
Axe attack in ‘domestic’ incident
A woman was ‘seriously injured’ after she was attacked by a man with an axe on April 9 in Ilford.
A 47-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack on Princes Road.
The man and woman are believed to have been known to each other and the Met said ‘it is believed that the incident is primarily domestic in nature’.
The woman, who is in her 50s, was rushed to hospital and remains in a critical condition.
London Bridge stabbing
A teenager was rushed to hospital with stab injuries after a knife attack near London Bridge in the early hours of Sunday morning (April 11).
The stabbing happened at the More London Riverside area of Southwark, between Tower Bridge and London Bridge, shortly after midnight.
The Met was called by London Ambulance Service at 12.18am to reports of a man suffering stab injuries in the area.
They found the 19-year-old victim, who was taken to hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.