Police Authority member Jenny Jones said this week that allowing regular armed police patrols in London threatened a Baltimore situation. Met Commissioner Sir Paul pointed out that the murder rate in the capital was two per 100,000 people, compared with 35 in the far smaller American city, and that Londons murder rate was down 34 per cent. LONDONS murder rate is falling to a 28-year low after campaigns against gangs and youth violence. There have been 106 killings in the capital so far this year -- 30 fewer than the same period last year. If the rate remains the same, this years total could be about 130, one of the lowest annual figures in recent history. Police say a key reason is a growing fear among young black men and teenagers in gangs of being jailed for street murders. Scotland Yard chief Sir Paul Stephenson highlighted the figure while attacking politicians comparisons of crime between London and Baltimore -- the American city in television crime drama The Wire. In August, Conservative home affairs spokesman Chris Grayling said some British inner cities were so blighted by gangs they resembled the violent culture depicted in the cult series. Metropolitan LondonlikeTheWire?Our murderrateisnowfalling London Lite Friday, 30 October 2009 7 METBOSSHITSBACKASKILLINGSTOLLHEADSTO28-YEARLOW Heroknifed saving kids from thugs Church worker fights for life A HEROIC church worker was fighting for his life today after being stabbed as he protected a group of children from a violent gang. The 41-year-old father of four, named by friends as Simon Somerville, was attacked outside a Christian anti-crime event at the Albany Theatre in Deptford, south-east London. Today his brother-in-law said Mr Somerville, a former amateur boxing champion, was a hero who had stepped in to shield the children. Witnesses described a running battle on the street outside the theatre after a group of up to 30 youths were refused entry. A 16-year-old also suffered stab wounds during the incident but was not seriously hurt. Friends of Mr Somerville, who had organised the three-day event, said he had protected the children in his care when they were set upon by the gang. It is believed that after being refused entry, the gang members remained outside the venue and attacked Mr Somerville and a group of children as they left at around 9.15pm on Wednesday. Mr Somervilles brother-in-law, Pastor Eddie Hypolite, who was inside the theatre, said the church worker had jumped in front of the children who were being threatened and had tried to calm the situation. Mr Hypolite, 45, who belongs to the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, said: The gang had been making trouble and when Simon was leaving the building with a number of kids, they were attacked. Simon stood between the gang members and his kids. He was protecting them. He was trying to be the peace- maker and one of the gang members just went at him with a knife. The children told us that if Simon had not stepped in, they could have been killed. Simon is a hero. Scotland Yard said a 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Anyone with informa- tion should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. BY KEVIN WIDDOP Killing capital: Dominic West in TVs The Wire, set in Baltimore ....inaxxxxxx MostWanted This weeks fastest selling tickets... 1 Paul McCartney, The O2 (22 Dec) 2 England v New Zealand, Twickenham, (21 Nov) 3 Capital Radio -- The Jingle Bell Ball, The O2 (5 & 6 Dec) 4 Muse, The O2 (12 & 13 Nov) 5 Lady GaGa, The O2 (26 Feb) 6 Beyonc, The O2 (14 & 16 Nov) 7 Michael Bubl, right, The O2 (15 May) 8 Green Day, Wembley Arena (1 Nov) 9 Jeff Dunham, The O2 (24 Apr) 10 England v Australia, Twickenham, 7 November Chart compiled by Seatwave Fightback: Met chief Sir Paul hails new figures index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html48.html49.html50.html51.html