2009: (More) Teenage Killings in London
At the end of 2008, I posted a map of all the teenage homicides in London by collating BBC News articles. This year, it was significantly easier; my Freedom of Information request was returned by the Metropolitan Police’s Performance Information Bureau yesterday, and here’s the map:
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The total number is down on last year, from 28 to 15. However, where there was only one girl last year, there are three here. The mean age is between 17 and 18 years old, with the average age for the girls being just under two years less.
This is what both sets of points (1st January 2008 to 31st December 2009) together look like:
And both years in central London:
Thanks to the Met for taking the time to dig out this information for me. The title of the report they provided is “Names, Dates and Location of Homicide Victims aged 13-19 between 1st Jan - 31 Dec 2009”, FOI 2010 01 0002688.
(This appeared on BBC News two hours ago. I suppose I’ll have work to do next year too, then.)