Unsolved murders in London 1997-2018

Earlier this year the Metropolitan Police released figures showing there were a total of 393 murders between 1997 and 2018 which remained unsolved (or using their definition, ‘undetected’). The number of undetected murders peaked in around 2001 before decreasing to single figures between 2011 and 2015, then increasing again to a new peak in 2018. […]

Unsolved Murders in London: 2018

These 26 homicide cases from 2018 remain unsolved*. Can you help? Contact the police, or Crimestoppers on 0800555111. Yaya Mbye, 26, was stabbed to death on the George Downing Estate in Stoke Newington at around 11.34pm on 28 January 2018. Police appealed for information about three male suspects dressed in dark clothing who arrived and […]

Unsolved Murders in London: 2017

These 24 murders in London in 2017 remain unsolved. Can you help? Jonathon McPhillips, 28, was stabbed in the chest during a fight between two groups of youths in Upper Street, Islington, in the early hours of 25 February 2017. The father-of-two died four days later in hospital. Michael Dyra, 22, (29.12.95) of Hoxton, was […]

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 […]