15-year-old found stabbed in Stoke Newington

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Lordship Park
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A fifteen-year-old boy is in hospital after he was stabbed yesterday.

The teenager, whose identity remains unknown, was found in Lordship Road at around 10pm on Monday 20 March. He was taken to hospital, and his condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Earlier that evening, two cars — blue and silver hatchbacks — collided in Lordship Park. Police believe the two incidents may be linked, the Evening Standard reported. Both Lordship Road and Lordship Park were shut last night after the incident.

No arrests have been made.

At least three other people have been stabbed in Stoke Newington this year. Last month, a man in his early 20s was rushed to hospital via air ambulance after being stabbed in Green Lanes.

In a separate incident, a 13-year-old boy was found suffering from a stab injury in Kingsland Road. A 12-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He has been released on bail until mid-April.

In January, a uniformed police officer was also attacked by a knife-wielding 18-year-old man as she attempted to arrest him on Stoke Newington High Street.

Reduced stop and search

Some activists believe the increase in knife crime could be a consequence of the decrease in police use of stop and search in London.

“In the last three and a half years, at the same time as stop and search has been reduced, knife crime has gone up,” Kelly Reid, a coordinator at The Crib, an initiative that promotes awareness of gun and knife crime in Hackney, told the Hackney Citizen last year.

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