A memorial of candles and flowers still lies near the scene of the latest atrocity in London's violent crime wave.
The killing of teenager Junior Jah in the borough of Newham happened just a stone's throw from Mayor Sadiq Khan's new City Hall – leaving those in the area too terrified to leave their own homes.
The 18-year-old was killed just four years after his brother Ahmed, 21, was stabbed to death in the same area as he bought a soft drink.
The killing of teenager Junior Jah in the borough of Newham happened just a stone's throw from Mayor Sadiq Khan's new City Hall – leaving those in the area too terrified to leave their own homesInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The 18-year-old was killed just four years after his brother Ahmed, 21, was stabbed to death in the same area as he bought a soft drink
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, pictured yesterday at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, was accused by his Conservative rival for mayor Shaun Bailey of cutting £38 million from police budgets and closing 38 police stations
And in the past four months, 12 teenagers have been stabbed to death in the capital, and there are fears the killings could reignite the gang wars that have plagued the city during Mr Khan's term as London Mayor.
It is all the more galling to the victims' families that the latest murder took place in the shadow of the Mayor's 'vanity project' – The Crystal building, soon to be his new office.
Barring a political earthquake, voters are set to give the Labour politician another five years in office at the local elections this week.
Londoners cite crime as their No 1 concern but Mr Khan's critics accuse him of being preoccupied with traffic-calming measures and crippling increases to the Congestion Charge.
Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey said: 'How many tragedies will it take before Sadiq Khan actually takes responsibility for rising crime in London?'
Since Mr Khan came to office in May 2016, at least 114 teenagers have been murdered. Of those, ten were killed in Newham – including two last month. According to police statistics, 6,335 crimes have been reported to police within walking distance of the new City Hall in the past three years, including 1,357 violent or sexual offences.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The latest murder took place in the shadow of the Mayor's 'vanity project' – The Crystal building, soon to be his new office
Despite the tsunami of crime, two nearby police stations, Plaistow and Stratford, were closed in 2017 to save about £540,000 a year.
Mr Bailey added: 'Since becoming Mayor, Sadiq Khan has cut £38 million from police budgets and closed 38 police stations.
'And while he can't seem to find the money to hire more police or reopen police stations, he can seem to find millions to move City Hall to Newham – a pointless vanity project that won't improve the lives of any Londoners.'
The stations have been replaced with contact points in libraries, supermarkets and post offices – but that is not enough for the people of Canning Town.
Dave Marquis, 67, told The Mail on Sunday: 'I've lived here for 30 years. They lost control of this area ten years ago. There aren't enough policemen on the streets.
'I want to see police officers walking the beat like they used to when I was a