Fatal stabbings hit 100 in Britain in 2019

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The number of people stabbed to death in the UK in this year has reached 100, analysis from the BBC has shown. On Tuesday evening in Middlesbrough, John Lewis, 32, died after being fatally attacked with a knife in Crescent Road, becoming the 100th victim. This year’s deadly spate of stabbings started with 2019 just minutes old when 33-year-old mother Charlotte Huggins was killed in London. The youngest victim so far this year is 14-year-old Jaden Moodie, who was knocked off a moped and stabbed to death by a gang in Leyton, east London in January. Barbara Heywood, at 80 years of age, is the oldest victim so far. She was attacked at her Bolton home in March.The BBC’s analysis showed that 83 of the 100 stabbed were male and almost half the victims were under 30.Unsurprisingly, London was the biggest hotspot with 30 of the fatal stabbings happening in the capital. But Greater Manchester (10) and the West Midlands (eight) are also showing trends of deadly violence. While knife crime in England and Wales reached record highs for 2017-18, if the rate continues this year at a fatal stabbing every 1.45 days, it would fall short of the 285 figure recorded last year.