Despite the new Tier 4 restrictions dominating headlines over the weekend, horrific violent crime continued across London
Multiple stabbings happened in different parts of the city, including one attack where the victim was stabbed and also shot.
In an incident that left local residents shocked a body was found in a suitcase in a hostel in Ealing, which police are so far treating as unexplained.
During an anti-lockdown protest in Central London, 27 people were arrested including one person on suspicion of being in possession of a knife.
It can be easy to distance ourselves from these horrific accounts but in each case friends, family and neighbours have been left reeling from the violence so close to home.
Here are the incidents that happened over the last few days.
Central London rocked by protest
Despite the capital being on the edge of a disaster with coronavirus spreading like wildfire, a big anti-lockdown protest was planned for Central London.
Thankfully, it didn’t live up to fears from police union boss Ken Marsh that it could be the ‘biggest protest of the year’ but violence still broke out.
Police confirmed they have made 27 arrests during the protest.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “To try and keep people safe, Met Police engaged with our communities and protesters throughout the day.
“Some protestors refused to observe the requirements made of them, and 27 arrests were made. One male arrested was detained on suspicion of being in possession of a knife.”
Forest Gate shooting and stabbing
A teenager was stabbed and shot in a savage attack in Forest Gate, Newham.
Emergency services rushed to the scene at around 9pm on Saturday, December 19 after being alerted to reports of a shooting on Dunbar Road.
They found the victim on nearby Skelton Road, suffering stab and gunshot injuries.
Thankfully his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.
A spokesperson for the Met Police said: “Paramedics from London’s Air Ambulance treated the young man at the scene before he was taken to an East London hospital.
“He remains in a stable condition; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
“A knife has been recovered. At this stage, there have been no arrests.
Another teenager was caught up in violence after being stabbed in Hackney.
On Sunday, December 20 he presented himself to an East London hospital with knife injuries.
Thankfully, he is expected to make a full recovery.
A spokesperson for the police said: “Shortly before 12.30pm a 17-year-old boy self-presented at an East London hospital with a non life-threatening stab injury.
“He is believed to have been attacked in Frampton Park Road. Any witnesses or anyone with any info is asked to call police on 101, quote CAD 288/20Dec”
A teenage boy was stabbed and another injured in an incident in Thamesmead.
Their injuries are not life-threatening.
A police spokesperson said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to Hasler Close at 3.13pm on Friday, December 18, to reports of a stabbing.
“Officers attended. A teenage boy was found with stab injuries.
“He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. His injuries have been assessed as non life-threatening.
“Another teenage boy was detained nearby in Ludham Close. He was also treated at the scene before being taken to hospital. His injuries have been assessed as non life-threatening.”
Woman’s body found in a suitcase in Southall
A body of a woman was found in a suitcase in a hostel in Southall.
Police were called at 2.53pm on Friday, December 18 to an address in The Crescent, Southall.
Local residents were understandably shocked with one person living nearby said it was “way too local” for comfort.
According to a spokesperson for the Met Police: “Enquiries to identify the deceased are ongoing.
“The death is currently being treated as unexplained.
“Officers are not discussing the circumstances of the discovery any further at this stage.
“There have been no arrests. Officers remain at the scene and enquiries continue.”