Cuts to the ‘Murder Squad’

The Metropolitan Police unit responsible for investigating murders* in London was cut by nearly 40 per cent between 2004 and 2017 (see table below). Figures obtained via a Freedom of Information request show the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC) reduced in total strength almost every year over that period. The sharpest fall was from […]

Unsolved Murders in London 2016

Seventeen murders in London in 2016 remain unsolved*. Can you help? Lewis Elwin, 20, was stabbed to death in Tooting on 18 April 2016. Romeo Nkansah, 37, was stabbed to death on a night out in Camden on 29 May 2016. Matthew Kitandwe, 18, was stabbed to death outside his home in Battersea on 21 June […]

Unsolved Murders in London 2015

These eleven cases of murder in London in 2015 remain unsolved*. Can you help? The unsolved murder victims in the above slideshow are (click link to open case summary): Lukey Maxwell, 22, Clheve Massi, 24, Redwan El-Ghaidouni, 38, Terry Isaacs, 56, Ola Raji, 20, Erdogan Guzel, 42, Marvin Couson, 39, Sebastiano Magnanini, 46, Tadas Jarusevicius, […]

Police refuse to release list of murder victims

The Metropolitan Police is now refusing to release full lists of murder victims under the Freedom of Information Act – making it more difficult to check their figures. Previously requests along these lines have been successful, such as the data featured in the Guardian article ‘Five years of London murders listed‘ and on our blog The Met’s Five […]

Is the murder rate rising again?

An article in The Times newspaper last week  (Three deaths in a weekend sends murder rate soaring) highlighted the increase in London homicides so far this year. In January and February 2015 we counted 26 homicides compared to 12 across January and February 2015. So does this suggest a new trend or is it just an unusual […]

Unsolved Homicides 2013

Nine London homicide cases (murder or manslaughter) from 2013 remain unsolved. Can you help? Nobody has been charged in respect of the following victims (click to read more about each specific case): Joseph Burke-Monerville, 19, was shot dead in Clapton, east London, on 16 February 2013. Champion Ganda, 17, was stabbed to death in Forest […]