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

Thirteen murders in London in 2016 remain unsolved*. Can you help? Harjit Singh Dulai, 44, was stabbed to death after meeting a drug dealer in Rosedale Park off Albion Road in Hayes at around 6.40pm on 27 January 2016. A 16 year-old boy was acquitted of murder in July 2016 but police continue to appeal […]

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 […]

Unsolved Murders in London: 2014

Three murders in London during 2014 remain unsolved. Can you help? Mashboor Hussain, 73, collapsed and died during a suspected burglary at his home in Tooting on 11 February 2014. Two men were charged but the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence. Floarea Nicolae, 20, was stabbed to death in Edmonton, north London, on 1 […]

Unsolved Murders in London: 2013

These six London murder cases from 2013 remain unsolved. Can you help? Call the police, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Joseph Burke-Monerville, 19, was shot dead in a suspected case of mistaken identity in Clapton on 16 February 2013. The teenager, a forensic science student at the London Metropolitan University, was sitting in a […]