Knife crime in London reached record levels before officials looked for another way to tackle the underlying problems [Neil Hall/Reuters]

Glasgow, United Kingdom – John Lewis was 32 years old when, on May 14, in Middlesbrough, north-east England, he became the 100th person this year to be killed in a stabbing in Britain.

England, the most populous UK constituent nation at 55.6 million people, accounted for the highest number of recorded deaths. While Greater Manchester saw 10 fatalities and the West Midlands eight, 30 of the fatal knife attacks occurred in London. Victims were mainly young and male.

London, which witnessed a further two stabbings on May 19, leaving one teenager in critical condition and another seriously injured, has been in the grip of

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