VIDEO: London’s streets of hell-Courtney Barrett the knife man.

London is awash with stabbings, shootings and anti-social behaviour. Hackney saw an unlicensed music event turn violent with large groups of people who refused to go home and attacked the police in a disgusting manner.

Today, the knife man Courtney Barrett writes about the ongoing street carnage here in London.

With so much knife crime being committed on the streets of London, it’s extremely hard to keep tabs on the reports coming in constantly every day. On top of the knife crime reports, I also receive reports of block parties and violent crimes that take place daily across the streets of London.

In Hackney alone, there have been quite a few incidents over the last couple of weeks. There was a double stabbing of two teenage boys just over a week ago. The boys were both taken to hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. Just under a week ago a man was found in the street in Hackney with stab wounds. His injuries were also non-life-threatening.

Yesterday a group of intoxicated men started fighting in Finsbury Park. Three of the men were seriously injured and were taken to the major trauma centre. A few days ago there was a block party in Hackney, which soon turned into a full-on riot. At approximately 11 pm police received numerous calls from local residents complaining about the noise coming from an illegal party on Woodberry Down Estate. When the police, who were in full riot gear arrived, a riot ensued. Police were outnumbered by hundreds of youths who pelted the police with bottles, missiles, and anything else they could lay their hands on. Considering the gravity of the situation, the police were extremely professional in attempting to perform tactical containment and dispersal manoeuvres. A dispersal zone was authorised under s35 of the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, with specially trained public order officers trying to disperse the group. They continued to be pelted with missiles until the area was eventually cleared at around 4 am.

Over in Poplar just over a week ago, two teenagers were stabbed near Crossharbour DLR station. One of the teenagers was pronounced dead and the other survived. Two men have been charged in connection with the murder and attempted murder of the two youths.

In Kilburn a man in his 30’s was stabbed outside Mcdonalds. He was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. A murder investigation is underway.

Two weeks ago a teenager was fatally stabbed in Dulwich, whilst visiting his old estate where he used to live. No arrests were made and a murder investigation is ongoing.

Over in Enfield last week a man was stabbed during a fight, and was driven to the hospital where he later died. Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder.

Last night in Abbey Wood, a group of approximately 10 masked men armed with machetes, attacked an unarmed group of teenagers in a pub. Three youths including a 14-year-old were taken to the local serious trauma unit.

Also yesterday, in Stepney, a fight ensued between two groups of youths and ended up with two of the youths receiving stab injuries. They were both taken to the hospital. One with non-life-threatening injuries, and the condition of the others was not disclosed. I

In a chilling turn of events, a revenge attack took place soon afterwards. A youth was run over by a BMW in retaliation to the earlier stabbings. The driver fled the scene and has not been caught. The youth was taken to the hospital with severe injuries.

The above incidents are just some of the incidents that have taken place over the last two weeks across London. The point I wish to make, which is really astounding, is the fact that most of these incidents happened in broad daylight. It seems that perpetrators of knife crime have no fear of getting caught or of the consequences if they do get caught. The lack of police on the streets, and the pitiful sentences handed out by the justice system, are two of the main reasons knife crime has spiraled out of control. There’s no deterrent, and there’s no real justice! 

I know of too many people who have committed murder and only received 5 or 6-year sentences. How on earth does this even happen? Our justice system is letting us down in a big way. After losing loads of police over the last few years, it’s so obvious that we need more police, and urgently too! But instead of hearing this from our London mayor, all we hear is that he wants more police cuts! It’s incredible that these people are our leaders who we rely upon! The justice system needs a complete shake-up, and our London mayor does too I’m afraid to say!

We need to start using our votes if we want to become a safer society. I worry for the future that awaits our children and grandchildren, because if we dont do something about the knife crime epidemic that we are in the midst of now, it will soon become the norm. If it hasnt already done so on Londons streets of hell that is!


Binning Knives Saves Lives CIC is a community-run organisation who has achieved amazing results by reducing knife crime by 34% in their debut borough Waltham Forest, whilst knife crime rose in all of the other 31 London boroughs. They took over 1000 knives off the streets and out of circulation, making an incredible impact on reducing knife crime figures in Waltham Forest.


Binning Knives Saves Lives CIC are coming to Havering. In around six weeks’ time, BKSL will be launching in Havering. The launch date will be announced in next week’s edition of Knife Crime Corner, so keep your eyes peeled.

                          VOLUNTEER BKSL is always looking for volunteers to join our friendly team every other Sunday for a few hours, so please email me if you’d like to join us in helping to make Havering a safer place for everyone. It’s a great way to make friends and socialise.


You can contact me with queries, questions and requests by emailing me @

By Courtney Barrett (The Knife Man)

Video copyright to the Guardian.

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