Murder mile

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Murder Mile is a nickname sometimes given to roads known for high crime rates[1] or military conflict.[2]


Now a popular shopping destination, Ledra Street in Nicosia was called "Murder Mile" in the late 1950s when it was still under British rule, as the EOKA targeted British soldiers in their fight for Cypriot independence.

United Kingdom[edit]


In London, the borough of Hackney is a very diverse, multicultural area that has been the scene of significant drug- and gun-related crime since the 1990s, especially in the districts of Upper Clapton and Lower Clapton, as featured in the 2004 film Bullet Boy.

In Liverpool, L7 Kensington saw high crime rates with several murders within the 1990s, also nicknamed the killing fields on a word play from the first part of Kensington called Kensington Fields.

Northern Ireland[edit]

The streets of Armagh and Belfast in Northern Ireland were notoriously violent during The Troubles.


Main Road in Mualla, a district of Aden, became known as the Murder Mile during the British occupation in the 1960s.[3]


  1. ^ "Eight men shot dead in two years. Welcome to Britain's Murder Mile". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  2. ^ BLANCHE, ED (1985-01-06). "Irish Police Face Peril of 'Murder Mile'". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
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