SUR­GEON: I WORK ON SLASHED KIDS OF 11

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Dan Warburton

CHIL­DREN as young as 11 are be­ing rushed to hospi­tal with slash wounds, says a lead­ing trauma sur­geon.

And some­times vic­tims are wear­ing Kevlar ar­moured gloves and stabproof vests like the mu­si­cians who ap­pear in the no­to­ri­ous Drill mu­sic videos linked to mur­ders.

Dun­can Bew, clin­i­cal di­rec­tor for trauma and emer­gency surgery at King’s Col­lege hospi­tal, Lon­don, sees around ten pa­tients each shift. Mr Bew told the Sun­day Peo­ple: “There’s been an in­crease in the num­ber of young peo­ple ad­mit­ted to hospi­tal.

“Be­fore we were see­ing pa­tients pre­dom­i­nantly be­tween 17 and 25. Now we are see­ing them be­tween 11 and 29. That’s re­ally con­cern­ing.”

He added: “Some­times vic­tims are wear­ing Kevlar guard­ing gloves and stab vests. It’s sim­i­lar to some of the Drill mu­sic videos.” Mr Bew, who is also trustee at the anti-knife char­ity Grow­ing Against Vi­o­lence, be­lieves per­pe­tra­tors need help to stop the cir­cle of vi­o­lence.

He said: “If peo­ple are ex­posed to vi­o­lence from a very young age they’re more likely to be­come

in­volved in vi­o­lence.”

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