Britain

Desperate plea to end bloodshed after bank holiday weekend of violence

Plea to end bloodshed after bank holiday weekend of violence
Pretana Morgan, the mother of shooting victim Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, is comforted as she visits the scene where her son died on Saturday, in London (Picture: Reuters)

A mother has pleaded for her sons killing to be the last fatal shooting, amid a 24-hour crime wave across the UK.

Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was gunned down in London less than 24 hours before two other teenage boys – one aged just 13 – were shot in broad daylight in one of the capitals streets.

Boys put into detention for wearing dresses tell their side of the story

The 17-year-old rapper and aspiring architect had so much potential, his mother said yesterday as she tearfully told of her handsome boy.

His death is the latest in a spate of violent crimes in the capital, as police investigate more than 60 alleged murders so far this year.

Official statistics released in April showed the number of homicides in London had surged by 44% in the last 12 months.

AdvertisementAdvertisement

The shootings were part of a 24-hour period of bloodshed across the UK during the bank holiday weekend, whit two other men dying in stabbings in Liverpool and Luton.

Police have said extra patrols will be working on bank holiday Monday to keep the capitals streets safe.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web
browser that
supports HTML5
video

LUTON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 06: Picture shows, A police officer holding a drip as paramedics work on the injured man on the pavement. At about 17.30hrs a man is treated on the ground in Bishopscote Road Luton, whilst a team of police firearms officers prepare to in Culverhouse Road just 100 yards away from the crime scene. The pavement near the man being treated had a large amount of blood over it which has been pixelated out, as are the faces of armed officers by request and members of the public as we do not know if a suspect is in the crowd. Bedfordshire police have confirmed on Facebook that a 20 year old man died at the scene. PHOTOGRAPH BY Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Images
Police and paramedics at the scene of a stabbing in Luton, where a 20-year-old man died (Picture: Barcroft)

A 20-year-old man died after being stabbed in Liverpool city centre early on Sunday morning, while another victim, also aged 20, was killed in Bishopscote Road in Luton yesterday evening.

Rhyhiems mother, Pretana Morgan, called for a stop to devastating violence.

She said: Let my son be the last and be an example to everyone. Just let it stop. What must be, must be.

She added: Its not about race, its not about nation, its not about culture. Nothing. Its just a human race.

Just one human race. So children, please let my son be the last.

A forensic blue tent by the police cordon in Warham Street, Southwark, south London, where 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 6, 2018. See PA story POLICE Southwark. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
A forensic blue tent by the police cordon in Warham Street, Southwark, south London, where 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead on Saturday evening (Picture: PA)
? Licensed to London News Pictures. 06/05/2018. LONDON, UK. Police and a member of the forensics team at work around cordoned off Palmerston Road in Wealdstone, near Harrow, north west London, following reports of two separate shooting incident around midday on Sunday 6 May 2018. The two victims are a 12 year old boy and a15 year old boy. Investigations are ongoing. Photo credit: Stephen Chung/LNP
Police and a member of the forensics team at work around cordoned off Palmerston Road in Wealdstone, near Harrow, north west London, where a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old boy were shot (Picture: LNP)

She said her son was not in a gang and he had been trying to make a difference by learning to work with children.

Following Rhyhiems death, Labour MP David Lammy tweeted: Enough. Enough. My heart goes out to families grieving children and teenagers. So many shattered lives, families and communities.

In another episode of gun violence on Sunday, a 13-year-old boy suffered a shotgun pellet wound to the head within minutes of another teenager, aged 15, also being injured in a gun attack.

AdvertisementAdvertisement

Both boys suffered head injuries in the incident in Wealdstone in Harrow and remain in hospital.

They are not thought to be in a life-threatening condition, a Scotland Yard spokeswoman said.

She added that they are investigating whether the incidents, at two locations in close proximity in High Street on Sunday, were linked.

Meanwhile, three people were injured in a noxious substance assault following a fight between two groups in east London at around 5.20am on Sunday.

Police are investigating whether the men, aged 22 and 27, and a 17-year-old boy, suffered life-changing injuries in the incident, at Shacklewell Lane in Hackney.

Picture: Liverpool Echo Man stabbed to death in Liverpool city centre
A 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in Hanover Stree, Liverpool City Centre (Picture: Liverpool Echo)
Police officers comb the cordoned area in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, south London, as 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead at Warham Street on Saturday evening after officers were called to reports of gunshots on nearby Cooks Road. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 6, 2018. See PA story POLICE Southwark. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
Police officers comb the cordoned area in Camberwell New Road, Southwark, after 17-year-old Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton was shot dead (Picture: PA)

Just before 6.30pm on Sunday, police were flagged down by a member of the public in New Cross Road, south east London, where a 22-year-old man was suffering from gunshot wounds.

The injured man was taken by ambulance to a central London hospital where his condition is not life-threatening, Scotland Yard said.

And a 43-year-old was stabbed in Ealing after a dispute over a mans driving down a residential street.

Scotland Yard said officers were called to Buckingham Avenue, Perivale, at just after 9pm on Sunday to reports of a stabbing.

The male victim is in hospital in a stable condition, police added.

Officers believe the suspect, who was driving a blue car, was being questioned about the nature of his driving before stabbing the victim and driving away.

MORE: Boy, 13, lucky to be alive after being shot in the head in London

MORE: Mother of shooting victim makes emotional appeal to end street violence

MORE: Former gang member reveals how to stop teens launching acid attacks

MORE: Man shot dead while walking dog was mob fixer who once helped Steven Gerrard

AdvertisementAdvertisement

Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *