SADIQ Khan was facing calls to quit as Mayor of London today after the capitals murder rate SURPASSED that of New York City.
Last night a teenage girl was gunned down in the Capital, the 17-year-old victim, known as Tanesha became the 47th person killed in London this year alone.
Tanesha Melbourne had left her home in Chalgrove Road, North London moments before a car pulled up and fired a bullet into her chest at 9.35pm last night.
Tanesha who had just become a mentor at her local youth club, died in the street as she was cradled by her mother who arrived before paramedics.
According to terrified residents, the innocent teenager was caught in the crossfire of a gangland postcode war.
One friend said: “Tanesha was just an innocent child caught up in this stupid postcode war.”
Another friend who desperately tried to save her added: “She did not deserve that and her mum did not deserve to watch her daughter die.”
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to Chalgrove Road, Tottenham, at 9.35pm on Monday where they found a 17-year-old girl with a gunshot wound.
“Despite the best efforts of the [London Ambulance Service], she was pronounced dead at the scene at 10.43pm,” said Scotland Yard.
“Her next of kin are aware and a crime scene is in place. No arrests have been made at this stage.”
In a separate incident that took place last night, police and London Ambulance Service were called to reports of a shooting and stabbing incident in Walhamstow, east London, at 10pm.
A 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life after receiving critical gunshot injuries, according to police.
“A second victim, a boy believed to be 17, has been taken to an east London hospital with stab injuries. We await an update on his condition.
“A crime scene is in place. No arrests have been made at this early stage and enquiries continue,” a Metropolitan Police representative said.
So far this year fifteen people have been murdered in the capital, compared to 14 in New York.
The failing London mayor tweeted on Sunday: “Tory police cuts have already cost London thousands of police officers and staff, most of our police station front counters and police buildings.
“It’s time for the Government to stop misleading the public and properly fund our police.”
Tory PM Theresa May hit back “The Mayor of London is accountable for the performance of the Metropolitan Police.” said a Number 10 spokesman.
MP Sir Mike Penning, an ex-police minister, says cops fear to ruin their careers if they break stop and search rules.
He told The Sun: “How many more need to die before we free our police to tackle this menace?”
He added: “Officers tell me that unless they see a weapon, they won’t consider stopping a suspect. This is bonkers.”
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said she wants a rise in checks.
She said: “Victims’ parents all say, ‘Get out and do more’.
“So it’s one thing you’ll see in the next year. We won’t be held back by political correctness. But it will be fair and irrespective of race.”