Knife-related injuries among under-25s fell by 15 per cent, equating to 311 fewer victims, dropping from 2,079 to 1,768.Stop and searches rose by 30 per cent to 172,000 , of which 9,500 were section 60 emergency stop and searches where police suspend the requirement to have reasonable suspicion to search suspects in a designated area. Elaine Thomas, from the Mentoring Lab, a locally based youth project, said: “This is terror on the streets because of how we are left to feel. There are so many parents who don’t let their children out to play and don’t know what to say to their own children when something like this happens.”Isak Kara , a 55-year-old self employed property developer, added: “I don’t see a lot of police here. A few police cars come and go but there should be more here for our safety.”Members of Tashaun’s family, including his mother and grandfather, gathered outside the police cordon at the scene of the fatal stabbing, with one woman screaming: “It’s my son. It’s my son”.A school friend of the teenager said: “Tashaun produced music on the computer, Afrobeats, for some big artists. He made drill music as well. He was a good guy, always laughing and joking – he was always respectful. In a pre-planned briefing on Thursday Scotland Yard announced that a blitz on violent crime, including a 30 per cent rise in stop and searches, had brought down youth stabbings by 15 per cent and cut murders by a quarter.Over the past 12 months, there were 122 homicides recorded by the Met, with 32 fewer victims than the previous period, not including nine killed in terrorist attacks in 2017. Ms Dick said: “The figures, when they are put in the context of what happened overnight [with the fatal stabbing of the 15 year old] can seem rather bald, and cold and unemotional.“Each young man stabbed is a terrible thing for them, their family, their friends, their community and for the person who did the stabbing it often wrecks their lives as well as their family’s as well.”She added: “Our efforts are beginning to pay dividends in terms of violence. On violence, we have made some real progress.”But retired police Superintendent Leroy Logan, who works with victims of knife crime, said the Met was a long way from regaining control of the situation.Mr Logan, who retired in 2013 after 30 years’ service, told The Telegraph: “It’s not much good talking about an improvement when murders and fatal stabbings are still much higher than they should be. “The Met are nowhere near getting a grip on this. The thin blue line is so thinly stretched and people are still feeling scared. Youngsters are still feeling scared and are carrying knives as a result.”He also questioned the use of borough wide Section 60 orders, such as the one introduced in Hackney following the murder of Tashaun, as lacking focus and not being intelligence-led. Murder scene in HackneyCredit:SWNS Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Two people console each other as they view the crime scene at Somerford Grove, in HackneyCredit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP Metropolitan Police claims that knife crime in London has fallen prompted criticism yesterday after the stabbing to death of another teenager in the capital.Cressida Dick, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, yesterday admitted that it seemed “cold and unemotional” to announce the reduction in youth stabbings within hours of a 15-year-old being killed in a knife attack.But she maintained her force was making “good progress” in tackling knife crime.Ms Dick spoke after Tashaun Jones, an aspiring music producer, was stabbed to death after being confronted outside a shop on Wednesday evening.The schoolboy, who produced Drill and Afrobeat music for artists in both London and the Carribean, ran into the store pleading for help before collapsing and dying of his wounds.The Commissioner said the teenager had been with a group of other boys and a girl when there was “some sort of confrontation with another group” in Somerford Grove, Hackney. Tashaun Jones, pictured on FacebookCredit:Facebook “He was really bubbly and always gave away positive energy. I never thought any of my friends would be murdered.”A second boy, aged 16, found in a nearby road, was also stabbed but did not sustain life-threatening injuries.So far this year, more than 40 murder investigations have been launched in the capital by the Metropolitan and British Transport police forces. Twenty-nine of those investigations have been as a result of fatal stabbings.