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LONDON Member of Parliament, David Lammy, claims that the recent crimewave in London that has seen over 50 people killed in knife attacks, has been fuelled by McMafia-styled drug barons.
Mr Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, fears that drug lords behind cocaine trafficking and smuggling in the capital have contributed to the horrific bloodshed.
The recent hit television series McMafia, saw the Russian mafia flooding the capital – and other major centres across the world – with drugs and were part of a cartel that has developed the trade in Mexico,Turkey, America, Columbia and now London.
There have been over 50 murders in London already in 2018, exceeding the murder rate for the same period in New York. Last month in Mr Lammy's own Tottenham constituency a 17 year old girl was killed in a drive-by shooting, an incident reminiscent of the era of prohibition when this type of killing was commonplace.
Mr Lammy, speaking to the Evening Standard, said: “I’ve been the MP for Totteham for 18 years and the situation at the moment and the numbers of families affected is worse than I’ve ever seen it.
“We’ve had this vicious spike in knife and gun crime in Haringey, fuelled by a turf war between two rival gangs in Tottenham and Wood Green.”
The postcode war claimed the life of privately-educated teenager Kelvin Odunuyi, 19, who was shot dead outside a cinema in Wood Green last month.
Mr Lammy said the violence was being exacerbated by battles over "vast quantities" of cocaine passing through London.
“Most of these killings are being fuelled by a huge spike in the movement of drugs, particularly cocaine,” he said.
“As we see in parts of downtown America, young men - particularly in communities like mine - become foot soldiers for gangsters and McMafia bosses much further up the tree," he said.
He added: “What lies behind the gun violence and the knife crime is a serious drug market that is being driven big time by gangsters and McMafia bosses.
“Until our country has a coherent strategy on that, and applies the sorts of resources you need to deal with that, it’s going to be hard to grip some of the young people that will get caught up in that drug traffic, turf wars and violence.”
Mr Lammy said drugs passing through London are often sold hundreds of miles away through 'county lines' gangs using children as young as 12 to traffic drugs.
Even though the war might be fought out on the streets of London, the market may well be hundreds of miles away.
Mr Lammy criticised cuts to the Metropolitan Police, which has slashed £600 million from its annual budget since 2010, as well as to local authorities providing youth services which help keep young people off the streets after school.
“There is a group of young people falling through the cracks. They tend to come from poorer families, many of them get excluded from school very young," he added.
“I’m not someone who wants to excuse the moral responsibility that both parents, communities and young people have themselves never to take a life.”
He said that the surge in violent crime in London could continue unless a strategy which echoes that used in Glasgow, where the murder rate fell dramatically in just a few years, is adopted.
However, he warned: “Glasgow was only able to achieve that with political consensus, across political parties, with serious resources and with every single agency working hand in hand. Until we get that in London, we will not defeat the problem.”