New Project: Full reporting of a murder trial

The decline of court reporting over the last 25 years has been described as a “threat to justice”. Local newspapers may not have the staff or resources to cover a trial in depth and the national press, TV and radio are naturally interested only in the most important or topical cases. Most court reports in […]

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

Twelve 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 […]

Unsolved Murders in London: 2015

These seven cases of murder in London in 2015 remain unsolved*. Can you help? Redwan El-Ghaidouni, 38, was shot dead in a suspected ‘hit’ outside his home in Vine, Lane Uxbridge on 3 February 2015. The father-of-three was sat in his Audi A3 on the driveway when he was approached by a lone gunman who fired […]

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 […]