Bloodbath London: Hornchurch stabbing and Wood Green and Walthamstow shootings

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A series of violent crimes have left three dead as violence spiralled out of control in parts of London this weekend. 

Police are hunting two separate gunmen after two men were killed in unconnected attacks in Wood Green and Waltham Forest yesterday.

Meanwhile family of a man in his 50s were grieving their loss today after he was stabbed to death in the Star & Scorpion pub in Ealing.

Elsewhere disturbing CCTV footage in a bar in Havering, east London, showed the moment a knifeman walked behind an unsuspecting man and stabbed him repeatedly in the back.

The victim, 23, is in a serious but stable condition in hospital, but his assailant is still on the loose.

There is no suggestion any of the four violent crimes are connected to each other.

It comes just three days after Police forces in England and Wales recorded the highest number of offences in 20 years, driven by a sharp rise in offences including fraud, rape and violent attacks.

A total of 6.3million crimes were recorded in the year to March 2022 ⁠— 4% higher than the previous all-time high of 6.1million in 2019/20.

The Wood Green shooting happened at 9.30pm last night by a mystery gun attacker very nearby to the underground station 

A forensics tent was seen covering a specific area in Wood Green this morning 

Police also probing the death of a man Sam Brown in Waltham Forest yesterday morning after a 100-strong rave in a park

Officers were called to reports a man had been knifed inside an Ealing pub this weekend caught on harrowing CCTV film

The first saw officers called to the Fatling Hornchurch pub in Havering, east London, shortly after midnight on Saturday morning following reports of the stabbing.

The victim, 23, suffered 'a number of stab wounds' and was rushed to hospital following treatment at the scene.

He remains in a serious but stable condition at hospital, police have said. His next of kin have been informed.

Police have released an image of a man detectives are trying to identify as part of an investigation into the incident. He is still on the run.

Footage also shows the man having a conversation in a small group, before he appears to walk behind the victim and inflict a number of blows.

Less than 24 hours later officers were called at 11.55pm to reports a man had been knifed inside the Star & Scorpion pub on Uxbridge Road in Ealing.

Police released this image of a man detectives are trying to identify as part of an investigation into the Havering incident

Footage shows the main trailing another pub-goer before inflicting a number of blows in the early hours of Saturday morning

Crime hits a 20 year high 

 Police forces in England and Wales have recorded the highest number of crimes in 20 years, driven by a sharp rise in offences including fraud, rape and violent attacks.

A total of 6.3million crimes were recorded in the year to March 2022 ⁠— 4% higher than the previous all-time high of 6.1million in 2019/20.

It is also up 16% on 2020/21, when crime levels were affected by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

The figures, which have been published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), show knife crime, theft and domestic abuse all increased in the 12 months to March.

Police-recorded offences of fraud and computer misuse have risen 17%, from 828,364 in 2020/21 to 965,162 in 2021/22.

Knife crime rose by 10% to 49,027 offences in the year to March, compared to 44,642 in the previous 12 months ⁠— though this is below the pre-pandemic year of 2019/20, which saw 55,078 offences.

Various types of police-recorded crime are now at their highest level since current records began in 2002/03, including the number of rape offences (70,330 in 2021/22), all sexual offences (194,683), stalking and harassment offences (722,574), and all violence against the person offences (2.1 million).

There were 909,504 domestic abused-related offences recorded in 2021/22, up 8% on 2020/21 and up 12% on the pre-pandemic year of 2019/20.

Some of this increase may reflect improvements seen in reporting over the last few years.

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

The man, believed to be aged 58, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Scotland Yard, the victim's family have been informed and they will be supported by specialist officers.

A post-mortem examination and formal identification will be arranged in due course, the force added.

On Sunday a 58-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder. He was taken to a west London police station where he remains in custody. 

Eight minutes later a murder investigation was launched following the death of a man in Waltham Forest after a 100-person rave in a park.

Police were called at around 00.35am on July 24, to reports of shots fired in Cheney Row Park.

Officers attended the location along with ambulance colleagues. Cordons were put in place and a crime scene secured.

A short time later, two people self-presented at an east London hospital.

One of the men who was aged 28 years and suffering critical gunshot injuries, died at hospital a short time later. He has since been identified as Sam Brown, who lived in Waltham Forest. 

And the most recent crime saw a man shot dead last night near to a London Underground station.

The victim was gunned down near Wood Green tube stop in London just before 9.30pm last night.

It is not clear whether he had been traveling on the underground before the killing happened.

Families living near the scene watched as an air ambulance landed to try and save his life.

They were joined by a road ambulance, an advanced paramedic and a medic in a fast response car.

Because it was a shooting a tactical response unit also joined them to deal with the aftermath.

 After a man was stabbed to death inside a west London pub last night, a murder investigation has been launched in Ealing

Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service to the scene in Ealing and taped off key areas to preserve scene

There have been no arrests at this early stage in the investigation but police are searching for witnesses and evidence

Forensics on the scene in Waltham Forest. Police were called to Cheney Row Park at around 12.30am yesterday to reports of shots being fired

Police have urged witnesses to remember the victim's 'grieving mother and father' and help police with their inquiries

But despite the emergency services best efforts the victim - whose identity and age are currently unknown - died at the scene.

A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said: 'We were called at 9.28pm on July 24 to reports of a shooting near Wood Green Underground Station, N22.

'We sent a number of resources to the scene, including an ambulance crew, an advanced paramedic, a medic in a fast response car and members of our tactical response unit.

'We also dispatched London's Air Ambulance.'

The Metropolitan Police is yet to comment on the death.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has made no mention of any of the crimes over the weekend so far on his social media feeds.

He has come under increasing criticism over violence engulfing the capital in recent year