Just been watching the statement on Sky by the family of Arsema Dawit, the young girl who was stabbed to death in South London earlier this week. "We came to London to live in safety," said her mother. "We went to the Police to ask for protection, but it never came". It seems clear that this was not a standard knife based killing and that her daughter's killer had previously appeared threatening to her.
The Police have some questions to answer in this case, but it is not one sided. When the girl's mother went to the Police, it took them twelve days to follow it up. But when they did, Arsema Dawit denyed the alleged attack in a McDonald's had taken place. To their credit, the Police did not take that at face value and continued to pursue enquiries. But whatever they pursued, it was not enough to prevent a tragic killing.
The mother's grief is terrible and understandable. She clearly blames the Police for not protecting her daughter from further attacks. From all that we read, I think it is fair to say that it is not quite the full story.