FAILING London Mayor Sadiq Khan has attacked the government after a weekend of bloodshed in the capital.
He accused the government of “failing in their basic duty to keep people safe” after FOUR people were shot in the capital over the Bank Holiday weekend.
He said the Metropolitan Police Service was “overstretched and under-resourced”, blaming £1 billion of spending cuts imposed on the force.
The Home office said that the Met “have the resources they need to carry out their vital work” and said that police spending had increased by about £460 million in 2018/19.
Scotland Yard also said that extra police were deployed in London on Bank Holiday Monday, including armed police units.
On Saturday, 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead near his home in Southwark, south London.
A 22-year-old man was shot in New Cross Road, Lewisham, at around 6.30pm on Sunday.
Elsewhere in the capital in Wealdstone, north west London, a 15-year-old boy suffered head injuries caused by “a number of shotgun pellets”, Scotland Yard said.
Police said that a 13-year-old boy who was an innocent bystander was also shot in the head while he was walking down the street with his parents.
A 39-year-old man was arrested on Sunday evening in connection with the Wealdstone incident. He has been released under investigation.
A man, 43, was also stabbed in Ealing following a driving dispute on Sunday. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The Metropolitan Police is investigating more than 60 alleged murders so far this year in London.