Bloody day of crime in Lawless Britain: Teen, 18, is stabbed to death in south London hours after lawyer is fatally attacked with screwdriver in 24 hours of mayhem
- Capital witnessed its second murder in less than two days after Brixton stabbing
- Earlier, on Wednesday night, lawyer Peter Duncan was murdered in Newcastle
- Stabbed in area packed with shoppers and died from a single wound in hospital
Britain has suffered a bloody 24-hour crime wave which saw a teenager stabbed to death and a father fatally attacked with a screwdriver.
London witnessed its second murder in less than two days when a 18-year-old man was attacked in Brixton at around 2pm.
Shocked witnesses told how they saw the mother of the victim turn up at the scene and was screaming: ‘My son, my son’ over and over again.
It came less than 24 hours after lawyer and ‘devoted’ father Peter Duncan, 52, died from a single stab wound to the chest after he was assaulted with a screwdriver outside a Greggs bakery in Newcastle.
BRIXTON: Police and forensics officers on the scene on Corrance Road in the south London neighbourhood, where an 18-year-old man was stabbed to death
NEWCASTLE: Police officers search a bin near to Old Eldon Square, where a father was fatally stabbed last night
Police arrested a 17-year-old man this afternoon on suspicion of murder over the Brixton stabbing after he was picked up in nearby Clapham.
The victim was the 16 teenager to be murdered in London this year, and his death became the 91st murder probe opened by the Metropolitan Police.
An eyewitness told how he saw the boy’s mother turn up at the scene as he was receiving treatment.
The bystander told The Sun: ‘She was rushed by police through the cordon to be with him and then collapsed screaming ‘my boy, my boy, my son, my son,’ over and over again.
‘Her screams and wails echoed down the street. People were crying.’
Meanwhile, the family of Newcastle stabbing victim Peter Duncan called him a ‘kind and caring man’ in their first statement released since his death on Wednesday night.
Peter Duncan, 52, pictured, was stabbed to death last night in Newcastle. Seven teenagers have been arrested in connection with his murder
Mr Duncan was attacked outside a Greggs near Old Eldon Square when it was still busy with shoppers. He died later at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
His family said: ‘[Peter] was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him. His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all.
‘Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him. He had so much of his life left to live and he’ll be in our hearts and thoughts every day.’
Mr Duncan was a lawyer and had worked as legal counsel for companies within the offshore industry.
He was most recently employed by Royal IHC Limited based on Grey Street in Newcastle, just a short distance away from where he was murdered.
Prior to that he had worked for almost eight years at DeepOcean UK after studying Law at Northumbria University.
Seven teenagers have been arrested in connection with his murder.
Residents gathered at the scene in Brixton after a teenager was knifed to death today
Police search an area near Old Eldon Square in Newcastle to look for evidence relating to Mr Duncan’s murder
Today saw another violent incident when a Home Office contractor in his 60s was stabbed in the head by a pony-tailed man dressed in black, who carried with him teargas and a ferret.
The assailant is said to have approached the stab victim, who works for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), outside Home Secretary Priti Patel’s Westminster HQ.
He is thought to have asked the contractor if he was a government employee before attacking him – prompting armed officers to lock down the area.
The Met said the incident is ‘not being treated as terrorism-related’, but said officers are ‘still keeping an open mind with regards any possible motive’.
A Home Office contractor is led away after being stabbed by a man outside the department’s central London HQ in another violent incident during the last 24 hours
The Home Office attacker’s belongings included a knife in a sheath, mobile phone, and grey backpack and a ferret in a white and green box. The white head of the ferret can be seen poking out of the holding box