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Teenager stabbed on Boxing Day saved by off-duty doctor

Rarely see Queen's Crescent this quiet', tweet police - four hours before knife attack

03 January, 2018 — By William McLennan

A TEENAGER who had been stabbed in broad daylight on Boxing Day was rescued by members of the public and an off-duty doctor who administered emergency first aid before paramedics arrived.

The 18-year-old is believed to have received multiple stab wounds in Queen’s Crescent and made it to Malden Road before collapsing at a bus stop. He was attacked shortly after 2pm.

A crowd of passers-by came to his aid and removed his clothes to help find the wounds and staunch the flow of blood. He was taken to hospital, where he remains in what police described as a “serious but stable” condition.

Armed officers were among those responding attack, which is being investigated by detectives from Trident, the Met’s gang crime unit.

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue, police said.

Four hours before, the neighbourhood police team for Haverstock, tweeted a picture of a serene Queen’s Crescent, with the caption: “Rarely see Queens Crescent this quiet. This was at 10am this morning. Hope everyone is having a good Boxing Day and enjoying the holidays.”

Last month, Camden Council launched a youth safety taskforce, which seeks to draw together the expertise of police, psychologists, youth workers and charities to try to stop the rise in knife crime.

Councillor Abdul Hai, who is co-chairing the taskforce, said: “We have seen a rise in youth violence in Camden by 8 per cent. “Across London it’s about 16 per cent. There have been too many incidents. What I want to do is make sure we work together to try to find a long-term solution to this emerging issue.”

A Met police spokesman said: “Police were called at 14.08hrs on Tuesday, 26 December to Queens Crescent, Belsize Park NW5 to reports of a man stabbed. Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.

“A man, believed to be in his teens, was taken to a central London hospital suffering from stab wounds. His condition is said to be serious but stable at this time. “If you have any information about this incident, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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