Knife crime epidemic: Toddler injured after being attacked in brutal gang knife assault – News 247


 Emergency services raced to the scene at the Flower Pot pub in West Bromwich, West Midlands, at 6 40pm last night to find a man, 24, had been attacked by a gang outside the venue. He had been stabbed several times and taken to hospital along with a two-year-old boy, who was injured during the assault A witness said the man was holding the toddler when he was stabbed and tried to shield the tot from the gang  The witness said: “He was holding the baby when they stabbed him. He dropped the boy after they continued to hit him outside the pub ” West Midlands Police said in a statement: “At this stage, it is believed that the boy was not injured with any weapons He suffered minor cuts and abrasions, consistent with him having fallen.” Detective Sergeant Paul Cook, from West Midlands Police CID, added: “I understand the concerns of the community and would like to offer reassurance that we’re doing all we can to establish what happened yesterday and find those responsible  “If you saw what happened, or have any information about the incident please get in touch ” A spokesman from West Midlands Ambulance Service added: “We were called at 6.37pm to reports of a man who has been assaulted by a number of others; they had left scene  “We sent an ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car  “On arrival they found a man who had been badly hurt with a large crowd of onlookers at the scene  “A man in 20s was treated for serious injuries and taken on blue lights to hospital with the critical care paramedic travelling ”  The stabbing comes after it was today revealed that the knife crime epidemic gripping the UK has seen towns with more incidents than London  The Sun Online reports that knife crime is currently rising at a quicker rate in towns and cities outside the capital, according to chilling new figures  Statistics published today show the rate of attacks in large British cities and towns outside of London is higher than those in the City’s boroughs  Figures obtained by the BBC show Manchester, Liverpool, Blackpool and Slough are more affected by knife crime than some districts in London       Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham and Reading are other examples of up to 25 locations that are worse for knife crime than boroughs in London  Westminster, Hackney, Haringey, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets are the most notorious in the Capital for knife crime  But in Richmond, Sutton, Bromley, Barnet and Merton incidents are far less frequent  Lancashire has seen knife crime double in the last five years after 981 incidents were reported in 2018, the report states  Meanwhile, in Scotland knife possession continues to increase with figures showing more than 2,300 crimes were reported to police last year  The figures are made up from data from 34 of the 43 police forces and show the safest places in England and Wales to live are now Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Norfolk  Figures were obtained using a Freedom of Information request. The same request found almost half of knife crime offences are carried out by those aged 24 or under Trending  Police said anybody with information on the stabbing in West Bromwich is asked to contact officers via Live Chat at www west-midlands.police.uk – between 8am and midnight or on 101 at anytime. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting log number 2125 of the 06/10/2019

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