The knif­ing epi­demic: City that fought back

The bold tac­tics that turned Glas­gow around

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led to sen­tences for car­ry­ing knives tripling from an av­er­age of four months in 2005/6 to 13 in 2014/15.

Sur­geon Christine Goodall and two col­leagues set up Medics Against Vi­o­lence in 2008 af­ter treat­ing thou­sands of pa­tients with slash wounds.

She said: “The fi­nal straw was some­one who had a cheek­bone frac­ture from a fight. We fixed it, but they came back with the same in­jury sus­tained in the same way eight weeks later. That re­ally made me think, ‘We

A SCHOOL­GIRL has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der af­ter a man was knifed to death on a street.

The 16-year-old was held in a dawn raid yes­ter­day af­ter Ay­o­deji Habeeb Azeez, 22, was re­peat­edly stabbed in An­er­ley, South London, on Sun­day.

Wit­nesses claim a gang of up to five ap­proached Ay­o­deji, who was from need to do some­thing about this’.” With 250 vol­un­teers, MAV runs ed­u­ca­tional cam­paigns in school.

Ed­die Gor­man, 53, also turns lives around. For the past three years he has been a “nav­i­ga­tor”, sup­port­ing vic­tims at hospi­tal. He is a fa­mil­iar sight at Glas­gow Royal In­fir­mary’s A&E, in a non-threat­en­ing pink T-shirt.

Ed­die said: “I found this guy stand­ing naked, his face half cut off, his arm hang­ing off. He’s rip­ping the mon­i­tors off, scream­ing, ‘Get me to f***

Da­gen­ham, East London, be­fore one knifed him.

Po­lice are prob­ing pos­si­ble mo­tives for the mur­der and are thought to be ex­am­in­ing his so­cial me­dia and mo­bile phone records.

De­tec­tives ar­rested the girl at a South London out of here’. I said, ‘Sit down and give me five min­utes of your time’.

Fif­teen min­utes later he says to the nurses, ‘Don’t put him out, he’s my un­cle’. He was scared. He’d just been se­ri­ously as­saulted. He didn’t know how he’s go­ing to get out of this cy­cle of vi­o­lence.

“He’s act­ing up as the only emo­tion he knows to show is anger.”

Ed­die es­caped a crim­i­nal ca­reer that started at 14, spi­ralling to drug-deal­ing

and vi­o­lence. He spent more than

ad­dress and she was be­ing ques­tioned last night.

She is the third per­son ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the at­tack. A 19-year-old and 21-year-old were held on sus­pi­cion of mur­der on Sun­day but freed un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion. 18 years in jail. Ed­die said: “I have one chance to en­gage with some­one by their bed, when they’re at their most vul­ner­a­ble. It’s the per­fect time to show them a way out.

“And I keep in touch, to of­fer help with hous­ing or what­ever sup­port ser­vices they need.” He added: “Just show peo­ple you care and the trans­for­ma­tion in them is amaz­ing.” De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Mark Cran­well said: “My of­fi­cers are mak­ing progress as to why Ay­o­deji was in the area, why he came to be at­tacked and who was re­spon­si­ble for his mur­der.

“But we need in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic to as­sist us in keep­ing the mo­men­tum of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion mov­ing for­ward.”

VIC­TIM

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