An eight-months pregnant woman has been stabbed to death in South London and her child is in critical condition at a hospital. There have been over 30 knife attacks in the British capital this year.

Officers found a 26-year old woman with stab injuries inside a residential address in Croydon. Paramedics could not save her and had the baby delivered at the site and taken to hospital.

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A 37-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack and is being questioned. No further details were released. Police are now awaiting post-mortem examination.

At the forefront of our enquiries is understanding what exactly has lead to these tragic circumstances, and we are doing everything we can to establish the facts.

“This is a horrific incident in which a young mother has lost her life and her child is critically ill,” Detective Chief Inspector Mick Norman said.

London mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the “violence against women”, admitting the scale of the problem in the British capital. As well as the 30-plus attacks in London so far this year, there were 135 knife assaults reported in 2018.

What many are calling a knife-stabbing epidemic has taken over 100 lives throughout the country this year alone. There have been a number of protests in the capital calling on the authorities to act on violent crimes.

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