A surge of stabbings in London has been blamed for the city overtaking New York's monthly murder tally for the first time in modern history.

Fifteen people were murdered in London during February, compared to 14 in New York, according to police figures.

The British capital also suffered 22 fatal stabbings and shootings in March, higher than the 21 in New York.

Last night, a 17-year-old girl died after being shot in Tottenham, north London, and a 16-year-old boy is fighting for his life after a separate shooting just kilometres away.

There were ten fatal stabbings in London in 19 days, following on from the 80 fatal stabbings recorded in the city last year.

London's murder rate has grown by nearly 40% in three years, while police figures show that New York's has fallen by 87% since 1990, raising pressure on Mayor Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police chief Cressida Dick.

Despite the recent surge, New York, which has a slightly smaller population than London, has still suffered more murders since the start of the year.