Ten people have been arrested after two teenagers were killed in a stabbing and shooting which happened 12 minutes apart in different parts of London.
The mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted he was “sickened” after the attacks, which are not thought to be connected.
He appealed to the public to help police with their investigations into the deaths.
I am sickened to hear that two young lives have been ended within minutes of each other in Wandsworth & Greenwich. Anybody who has information about what happened should do the right thing and call the police, either on 101 or anonymously, through @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 https://t.co/yqHPMVQvzt
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) June 14, 2019
At 4:42pm on Friday, police were called to Deeside Road in Wandsworth, south London, following reports of a stabbing.
Officers and paramedics found a victim, believed to be in his late teens, in a critical condition.
He died at the scene shortly afterwards.
Six men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and were taken to separate west London police stations for questioning.
Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan said the suspected murder was “heartbreaking”.
“My heart goes out to the family of this victim after this absolutely tragic incident,” she tweeted.
“I spoke at length with people on the Aboyne Estate tonight, anyone with concerns can contact me – I’m here to listen.”
Fifteen miles away and just 12 minutes later at 4:54pm, officers were called to a car park in Hartville Road in Plumstead, southeast London, to reports of a shooting.
The victim, believed to be a teenager, was found critically injured. He died at the scene a short while later.
Four people – three men and a woman – have been arrested over the shooting.
Neither victim has been formally identified.
Police recorded 732 homicides in England and Wales last year, the highest total in a decade, according to official figures released in April.
Meanwhile, the number of offences involving knives or sharp instruments increased by 6% in 2018 compared to the previous 12 months.
The figures came after a spate of knife crimes involving young people sparked a political row over cuts to police funding.
Research given exclusively to Sky News last month revealed knife crime and gang culture has left a quarter of young people feeling unsafe where they live.
:: The Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command has urged anyone with any information on the two deaths to contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.