Mayor of London Sadiq Khan today said that poverty has led to a rise in youth violence in the city.
New data revealed showed that the poorest areas of London are most likely to experience the highest levels of serious crime among youngsters.
Mr Khan says he is funding 43 summer projects for vulnerable youngsters.
He is also appealing to the government for more cash.
London has experienced a rise in killings since 2012 – and 2018 was the worst year on record for the city for a decade.
- Between 2012 and 2017, the number of under-25s who were killed doubled to 64, before dropping back to 52 last year
- The number of deaths linked to criminal gangs has slowly grown, reaching 44 last year
- The number of people stabbed to death has also gone up year-on-year since 2014, to 81 fatalities in 2018
- In 2018 there were 135 killings in London. As of 7 July this year, there had been 74