BRITAIN is in the grips of an explosion of violence as the recent heatwave and relaxation of lockdown sparked a "perfect storm" of horrific stabbings and attacks.
Tempers have boiled over after Brits spent months in lockdown – with the delayed summer heat seeing a string of assaults unfold in days.
Just last night shocking footage showed the moment a man was beaten and stabbed by a gang armed with foot-long knives in front of horrified crowds in London’s Hyde Park.
It was the fifth violent incident in four days across the capital as gangs begin to launch attacks after being cooped up for months during the Covid lockdown.
Cops in London hailed the lockdown for helping to curb gang activity but there are fears the relaxation of restrictions and hot weather could result in a “perfect storm” for crime.
Ken Marsh, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, today warned there is a "perfect crime storm" brewing as lockdown eases and more people start to head out again.
He told The Sun Online: "As we unlock it’s going to become more and more problematic for us.
'PERFECT CRIME STORM'
"There’s more gang-related activity, we’ve seen stabbings and deaths take place in relation to that.
"You’ve got a minority of people who are crime orientated who have been hindered in what they want to do for quite a long time, in relation to drug dealing and everything else.
"And it creates this perfect storm of all these people coming back out onto the streets, thinking they can just do what they want.
"We’re seeing it unfold, with the weather, it’s getting a lot nicer you’re going to see a lot more people out.
“They’ve been chastised in a lot of ways in terms of what they could and couldn’t do for a long time.
“They couldn’t freely move around so now we’re seeing them back out and about.
“They don’t like being micro-managed and they’re letting loose and you’re seeing the aftermath of that, and the stabbings that are taking place, retaliations and everything that goes with it.”
And it creates this perfect storm of all these people coming back out onto the streets, thinking they can just do what they want."
Mr Marsh also said that gangs are more likely to target their rivals as lockdown gets eased as more people will be “out and about” as places reopen.
He added: “It’s not a mystery, it’s happening right in front of us. Unfortunately, we turn a blind eye to it and accept it’s the norm.
“But it can never be the norm that people are losing their sons and daughters in this way, but that I don’t know why but society seems to think it is.”
His worrying comments come the day after sunseekers picnicking in Hyde Park in 25C heat were horrified as violent scenes unfolded in front of their eyes.
Horror footage showed shameless thugs kicking and punching a victim after he had been attacked with a huge blade.
Also last night a 23-year-old man was rushed to hospital in a life-threatening condition after being stabbed at 7.30pm in Lewisham.
On Bank Holiday Monday, Scotland Yard made a staggering 10 arrests after an 18-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Edgware, North London.
The day before Met Police dog Kaiser was stabbed FIVE times in the head as he chased and tackled a knifeman who broke a cop's wrist.
Hero Alsation Kaiser was "lucky to be alive" after being repeatedly knifed by the intruder who was spotted hiding in the garden of a home in Orpington, South East London.
And on the Saturday a North London community was in mourning following the death of a much-loved local flower seller.
Tony Eastlake, 55, was knifed to death in broad daylight in Islington.
The popular flower seller had manned the stall next to Essex Road Station for 39 years since he was 14.
A friend revealed how he watched in horror as Mr Eastlake was "knifed in the back as they walked to dinner" by a cruel killer who "didn't look back."
But it isn't just the capital which has seen a recent spike in violence.
A 14-year-old boy, named locally as Deajohn Reid, was stabbed to death by thugs in a mass brawl in Birmingham.
And on Satuday, 35-year-old Danny Humble was beaten to death in an underpass after a "war of words" trying to protect his girlfriend.
The dad-of-two was attacked as the couple walked through an underpass in Cramlington, Northumbria.
There are now fears the spike in serious crime is a result of the combination of restrictions being eased and more people being outside to let off steam in the hot weather.
After the restrictions were eased last year, violent crime rose to higher levels than before the pandemic.
The Met Police blamed the temporary rise on more people on the streets and gang tensions spilling off social media.
In June last year, The Sun Online reported how gangs in Birmingham were said to be "excited" to cause carnage on the streets after weeks of Instagram taunts during lockdown.
The news follows a spate of vicious assaults in Britain's second city as well as nearby Coventry and Wolverhampton after restrictions on movement were eased.
Violence flared just days out of lockdown in south Birmingham – including in the Peaky Blinders’ heartland of Small Heath, where 20 people, some armed with bats, clashed.
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