Just four days after the "never again" murder of 16 year old Ben Kinsella comes the stabbing to death of another 16 year old by a group of "masked and hooded" yoofs in South London.
Residents said a group of about six black males and a mixed race female, dressed in hooded tops with scarves and balaclavas chased Shakilus around Beluah Crescent on bicycles.
No doubt this young teenager had transcended the "moral code" of this mob. Perhaps he was just in "the wrong place at the wrong time" as someone said about Ben Kinsella.
I hate seeing that phrase used when someone is brutally murdered. Why should anywhere in Britain be the "wrong place" to go to for anyone at any particular time? The expression belongs in the context of an improbable accident - like happening to walk under a piano falling from the 10th floor of an apartment block just as it crashes to the ground. That is being in "the wrong place at the wrong time".
But using the expression in reference to a brutal killing implies that there are, at times, no go areas for certain people. Worse still, it implies acceptance that this is the case. Perhaps the reason this was "the wrong place at the wrong time" is best summed up by a local resident.
Peter Gibbs, 60, said: "I have asked for more patrols and they never listen. There was as shooting around here last time and nobody came.
"It's a disgrace. I've seen gangs around and I am afraid. I want the police to do something about it but nobody helps. I feel terrified and so do the other residents. It's just not good enough."
Nowhere in Britain should be the wrong place at the wrong time for anyone in the lawful pursuit of their daily lives. The fact there are no go areas for huge numbers of people - teenagers worried about crossing gang "boundaries", old folk too scared to go out after dark, parents who can't take their kids to the park because of feral yoofs hanging around drinking, swearing and behaving threateningly - all of these things are symptomatic of the police withdrawal from the streets.
Wrong place, wrong time should be something the lawbreakers worry about. They should be concerned that at any moment they might bump into a constable on his beat who will apprehend the criminal.
The police should stop be a purely reactive "service", get out of their shiny metal boxes and office blocks and get back on the streets on foot being a proactive force for the prevention of crime and disorder. That is what the people want, but it isn't what the Home Office or the police chiefs want.
As Peter Gibbs rightly said "they never listen".