David Lammy blames drug trade and public sector cuts after death of Tanesha Melbourne-Blake, 17

MPs and campaigners have said authorities are failing to get a grip on violent crime in London after a 17-year-old girl killed in a drive-by shooting became the capital’s 47th suspected murder victim this year.

After the death of Tanesha Melbourne-Blake put London on track for its highest homicide rate since 2005, the Labour MP David Lammy said the situation was “worse than I’ve ever seen it”. He blamed the rapid growth of the illicit drug economy and cuts to public services for the rising violence.

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