Amidst the murder of a former boxer, Wandsworth council's leader has called for the Mayor of London do more to tackle knife crime.

Ian Tomlin, 46, was brutally killed outside his home in Battersea. He had reportedly confronted drug dealers in the block to tell them to move away minutes for they beat him to death and fled the scene.

Mr Tomlin was the 113th person to be murdered in London this year. Nationally, the homicide rate is the highest since 2008. Following this horrific incident, Wandsworth Council's leader is calling former Tooting MP and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to do more.

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Ravi Govindia said: “This was a truly shocking incident that has caused deep upset and sadness across the entire community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the victim. I know that the community on the estate is strong and cohesive and its important it now comes together and helps the police catch those responsible. If anyone witnessed what happened or has information that could help the police they must now come forward and do what’s right.

“I am also calling on the Mayor to do more to tackle the knife crime scourge that is affecting so many parts of our city. He cannot go on blaming others while there is so much more he could be doing himself.”

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A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “Ian Tomlin’s tragic death is a devastating loss for his family, friends and community. The Mayor’s thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“Sadiq is determined to tackle violent crime in London - that is why he has invested in the City Hall-funded Violent Crime Task Force, which is working to take knives, weapons and drugs off our streets every day. Last month he announced plans for a Violence Reduction Unit, building on the public health approach to tackle the root causes of violent crime. He is also investing in much-needed youth services to give young Londoners opportunities and to keep them off the streets and away from crime.

“The Mayor would welcome Councillor Govindia’s support in persuading the Government to give London the funding we desperately need to allow our police and youth services to do their job.”

Ian lived on the ground floor of Charlotte Despard Avenue while his family lived on the second floor. A neighbour who saw police trying to resuscitate Mr Tomlin said: “The first floor is used for drug dealing. Police know it happens every single day.

“He was on his back in his boxers and police were trying to resuscitate him. He’s obviously been stabbed in his neck and the head. There was blood everywhere. I would personally blame the people who are fully aware of what’s going on."