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Man Wrestles, Disarms Knife Attacker On Bus (Video)

| by Michael Allen

An unidentified man disarmed another man wielding a knife on a bus in London on April 11 (video below).

After the knifeman was disarmed, he ran off the bus in front of shocked bus passengers. The victim stepped outside of the bus and shouted, "I’m an African, you'll never take my life!"

A witness told BBC News: "It was only when they began struggling we could see that one man was trying to wrestle the knife off the other."

According to the witness, the two passengers had argued for some time before one of them pulled the knife.

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A spokesperson for London's Metropolitan Police released a statement, notes The Guardian:

Officers and London Ambulance Service attended and found a man in his 20s with minor lacerations to his hand and head. He was taken to an East London hospital where he was treated for his injuries. He has now been discharged. There have been no arrests and inquiries continue.

The news site reports that three young men -- Abdullahi Tarabi, Syed Jamanoor Islam, and Rene Richardson -- were killed with knives in London between April 10 and 11. The attacks took place in different parts of the city, and are not believed to be related.

Scotland Yard warned on April 11 that there has been a surge in violent crime in Britain, noted The Telegraph.

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According to the Metropolitan 
Police, there has been an increase in London knife crimes by 24 percent, and gun crimes by 42 percent over the past year.

The police warned that there has been "significant reductions in resources," but an "increased demand" on its cops to handle problems such as "child protection and mental health."

However, critics have said that the London police and other UK departments cumulatively waste millions trying and failing to prosecute politicians, journalists and celebrities.

Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Martin Hewitt expressed concern on the rising crime rate:

We are concerned about the rise of gun crime and rise of knife crime offenses committed by young people and the changing 
nature of the offenders.

Young people carrying knives are doing so for a variety of reasons including status, criminality and self-protection, but only around a quarter are affiliated with gangs.

There is a phenomenon of people feeling that you need to carry a knife to be safe. There is a lot greater sense that "I need this to protect myself." The problem comes when you then get a confrontation.

Colin Sutton, a retired detective chief inspector, put the blame on reducing "stop and search" tactics on citizens and spending resources in the wrong areas: "The priorities seem to have gone a little bit awry in recent years. Things that do not impact the lives of the majority of people have been given too much emphasis."

Sources: BBC News, The Guardian, The Telegraph / Photo credit: Ian Roberts/Flickr

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