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Man is killed in street stabbing amid fears of ‘postcode wars’ 

By Alastair Reid

A man in his 20s has died after being stabbed in Hackney, London, on Wednesday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police said a man with stab wounds had approached officers in Link Street, Hackney, just before 8pm.

The man, who is believed to be in his early 20s, was given first aid, but was pronounced dead at the scene about 25 minutes later.

It follows the death of two teenagers earlier this week. Seventeen-year-old Tanesha Melbourne was killed in Tottenham, in the north of the city, on Monday. Around 30 minutes later, Amaan Shakoor (16) was gunned down in Walthamstow in another apparently gang-related killing.

Patrick Green, head of the Ben Kinsella Trust, said gang postcode wars have spread across London particularly in deprived areas. Mr Green said: “It’s just endemic across most of London, particularly inner London.

“For some reason this isn’t just defined to one or two little corners, it just seems to have spread and the mindset has crept in across London. It’s around social deprivation. If you were to pull out a map which showed the most deprived boroughs, I would guarantee there is a postcode war there.”

He said young people get stuck in such “a bubble” that he has met men in their mid-20s who have never left Tottenham.

There are particular rivalries in Wood Green and Tottenham; Croydon and South Norwood, Newham and Stratford.

Social media has also been highlighted as fuelling a cycle of tit-for-tat violence.

Beth Murray from youth charity Catch 22 said violent videos can end up being shared with thousands of people, normalising horrific incidents like stabbings and heaping “shame” on the victim, pressuring them to strike back.

She said: “Somebody who has been stabbed might feel the need to retaliate because they’ve been shamed, or their friends will feel as though they have to retaliate because they feel they’ve been publicly shamed.

“It creates a cycle of violence which previously didn’t exist, we’d see a lot more isolated incidents.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd will press social media firms to step up their response to content that incites violence or glamorises crime following a spate of killings in London.

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