BRITAIN is experiencing an explosion of violence with the recent heat and lifting of lockdown sparking a “perfect crime storm” – with 18 people getting stabbed in just a week.
Tempers have boiled over during the past seven days after Brits spent months cooped up in lockdown – resulting in a number of deaths and serious injuries across the country.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, warned a "perfect storm" is brewing as lockdown eases and more people start to head out again.
Mr Marsh puts the spike in violence down to a number of factors, including the recent heatwave and criminals “letting loose, thinking they can do what they want” after lockdown.
Just last night, armed police and riot cops rushed to the scene in Brixton, South London, following reports of a shooting and stabbing but were pelted with missiles as a night of bloodshed unfolded in the capital once again.
A man in his mid-20s was found suffering stab wounds and gunshot injuries and he was rushed to a South London hospital as officers received a hostile reception as they went to investigate.
Dramatic pictures showed a huge line of officers wearing riot gear while another image shows a smashed police van window after objects were hurled in their direction.
Two hours after the Brixton incident, cops were called to Rosendale Road in West Dulwich – just two miles away – following reports of another stabbing.
It is not known if the two incidents are linked.
Just hours earlier, sickening footage showed thugs slashing at each other with giant blades in broad daylight – leaving a man battling for his life.
Neighbours screamed for the four brawlers to stop as they fought with knives, machetes and a hammer during a horrifying row in Greenwich.
It was the tenth stabbing in just seven days across the capital as gangs begin to launch attacks after being cooped up for months during the Covid lockdown.
And just this morning, cops have launched an investigation after a man was stabbed just before 6am in Bournemouth.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday night, shocking footage showed the moment a man was beaten and stabbed by a gang armed with foot-long knives in front of horrified crowds in London’s Hyde Park.
Also that night, a 23-year-old man was rushed to hospital in a life-threatening condition after being stabbed in Lewisham.
18 STABBINGS IN 7 DAYS
Bournemouth – Man stabbed
Brixton – Man shot and stabbed
Greenwich – Man stabbed
West Dulwich – Man stabbed
Manchester – Boy, 17, stabbed
Hyde Park – Man stabbed
Lewisham – Man stabbed
Birmingham – Man stabbed
Edgware – Boy, 18, stabbed to death
Hallington – Mother and son stabbed to death
Birmingham – Boy, 14, stabbed to death
Bromley – Train worker stabbed
Orpington – Police dog stabbed in the head
Islington – Tony Eastlake, 55, stabbed to death
Bolton – Man stabbed
Brentwood – Two men stabbed
Cheam – Woman stabbed to death
Manchester – Three men stabbed
And on Bank Holiday Monday, Scotland Yard made a staggering 10 arrests after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Edgware, North London.
The day before Met Police dog Kaiser was stabbed FIVE times in the head as he chased and tackled a knifeman who broke a cop's wrist.
Hero Alsation Kaiser was "lucky to be alive" after being repeatedly knifed by the intruder who was spotted hiding in the garden of a home in Orpington, South East London.
And on the Saturday a North London community was in mourning following the death of a much-loved local flower seller.
Tony Eastlake, 55, was knifed to death in broad daylight in Islington.
The popular flower seller had manned the stall next to Essex Road Station for 39 years since he was 14.
But it isn't just the capital which has seen a recent spike in violence.
A 14-year-old boy, named locally as Deajohn Reid, was stabbed to death by thugs in a mass brawl in Birmingham.
And on Saturday, 35-year-old Danny Humble was beaten to death in an underpass after a "war of words" trying to protect his girlfriend.
The dad-of-two was attacked as the couple walked through an underpass in Cramlington, Northumbria.
Other stabbings over the past seven days include incidents in Oldham, Bolton, Rochdale, Corby and Lincolnshire.
The Met Police blamed the temporary rise on more people on the streets and gang tensions spilling off social media.
Mr Marsh told The Sun Online: “As we unlock it’s going to become more and more problematic for us. There’s more gang-related activity, we’ve seen stabbings and deaths take place in relation to that.
“It’s very, very difficult for us. We are opening up to what will be quite an incredible summer, where we’ve got the Euros and all sorts of scenarios that will take place with huge policing.
“You’ve got a minority of people who are crime orientated who have been hindered in what they want to do for quite a long time, in relation to drug dealing and everything else.
“And it creates this perfect storm of all these people coming back out onto the streets, thinking they can just do what they want.
“We’re seeing it unfold, with the weather, it’s getting a lot nicer you’re going to see a lot more people out.
“They couldn’t freely move around so now we’re seeing them back out and about. And you’re seeing this play out and become more.
“They don’t like being micro-managed and they’re letting loose and you’re seeing the aftermath of that, and the stabbings that are taking place, retaliations and everything that goes with it.”
Mr Marsh also said that gangs are more likely to target their rivals as lockdown gets eased as more people will be “out and about” as places reopen.
He added: “It’s not a mystery, it’s happening right in front of us. Unfortunately, we turn a blind eye to it and accept it’s the norm.
“But it can never be the norm that people are losing their sons and daughters in this way, but that I don’t know why but society seems to think it is.”
Mr Marsh runs a boxing club in North London which reopened two weeks ago and he said youngsters “were banging on the door to get in” after being “so bored” during lockdown.
He added: “They haven’t had the ability and opportunity to be part of something like that for so long.
“If you don’t give them anything to do then idle hands, as my mother used to say.
“You’ve got to focus people and get them to do something meaningful and not committing crimes.”
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