London shooting – Man GUNNED down in Southhall, West London –

A man has been rushed to hospital after being shot in Southall (Image: EXPRESS.CO.UK )

Officers arrived at the scene around 8.40pm in St Mary’s Avenue North.

A Met police statement reads: “A man, aged in his 40s, has gone to hospital.

“We await assessment of his condition.

“No arrest at this stage.

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“Cordons in place at the scene.”

The attack is the third shooting in West London in less than a week.

On Monday, three people were injured in a shooting outside Kingsbury Tube station and on Tuesday, two men were arrested following a double shooting in Rayners Lane.

London has witnessed a spike in violent crime in 2018, with stabbings at their highest level in six years, increasing 23 percent since 2017.

fficers arrived at the scene around 8.40pm in St Mary’s Avenue North (Image: Google Maps)

The Office for National Statistics identified 40,147 offences “involving a knife or sharp instrument” in the year ending March 2018.

Gun crime has also increased, but less so than knife-related crime – rising by two percent to 6,492 in the reported period.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has previously blamed the rise of violent crime committed in London on the reduction of police officers and staff in the capital over the past seven years.

The London mayor insisted crime rates in London began its rise before the start of his term in office.

In July, Mr Khan told Sky News: “Crime has been growing since 2014 and I became the Mayor in 2016.

Sadiq Khan has recieved increased criticism for failing to deal with a spate of crime (Image: Getty)

“Crime has been going up across the country, not just London, and there’s a number of reasons for this.

“The biggest reason, I think, is the cut in police numbers. We’ve seen over the last seven years in London a loss of more than 3,000 police officers, on top of that we’ve lost more than 3,000 community officers and on top of that, we’ve lost more than 3,000 police staff.

“We’ve got fewer officers now than any time since 2003. You’ve got fewer things for young people to do, fewer police officers and crime has been going up across the country.”

Mr Khan has so far invested £138m in the Met Police over the last two years, including £15m specifically to help tackle knife crime.