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Surgeon 'sick and tired' of rising knife crime violence in Luton

An emergency medicine consultant at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital has told ITV News Anglia he is "sick and tired' of dealing with stab victims and has called for the bloodshed in the county to stop.

In the last few months alone, David Kirby says he's seeing more and more people with knife injuries.

On Tuesday, the hospital treated a 15-year-old boy who had been stabbed more than 20 times in what police are calling a 'shocking incident'.

He remains in hospital fighting for his life.

A 15-year-old boy was stabbed in Luton on Tuesday. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cases like Tuesday's attack are becoming more and more common.

In a bid to contain the violence, the hospital has launched a new partnership with Bedfordshire police to warn children and parents-to-be about the consequences of carrying weapons.

Surgeons are to start giving presentations at schools to try to stop people from carrying and using knives.

  • Watch an extended interview with David Kirby

The patients that are coming through after often younger than our own children.

These are school aged children, very young teenagers.

It is very difficult to think what is going through their minds when they are out in the community. There is nothing worse than telling a parent, sister or a brother that their loved one is not coming home.

– David Kirby, Consultant at Luton and Dunstable Hospital

David is faced with the horrific realities of knife crime almost every day.

He wants to try to prevent children from ending up in A&E with life-threatening, and sometimes life-ending, injuries.

Mr Kirby told ITV News Anglia: "We have first hand experience of patients who have been bought in here stabbed and injured and they die literally on the trolley you see behind me.

"It's got to the point with us now that I am absolutely sick and tired of patients coming in here with knife injuries. But we also see patients who have got injuries that will change their lives forever.

Someone else at the sharp end of knife crime was 31-year-old Darrel Innes.

He was stabbed four times on his way home from work in Luton just seconds away from his front door.

Darrel said: "I walked a couple of metres up the road, and I was just punched, kicked. I thought I was being mugged.

"It wasn't until I walked a couple of metres and got home and I looked down in my jeans. I was covered in blood.

"I have never seen so much blood come out of my body at once, it was shocking."

Darrel Innes survived a stabbing in Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Darrel's screams were so loud, his mum could hear them from inside the house.

"She could hear it out of the window," he said.

"She walked literally two seconds out of the driveway and could see me lying on the floor. I don't know who did this to this day.

"I just don't feel safe. I feel vulnerable all the time. I feel like I am constantly looking behind me."

Azaan Kaleem was stabbed to death in broad daylight.

Since Darrel's attack, the level of violence in Luton is increasing. Last year, four people were stabbed and killed in the county.

One of those was 18-year-old Azaan Kaleem, who was treated at Luton and Dunstable hospital by David Kirby and his colleagues.

I can remember when he was bought in. We opened his chest up and managed to stem the bleeding and get the heart going again, but he died two days later. I will never forget speaking to his mum, and his girlfriend.

– David Kirby, Consultant at Luton and Dunstable Hospital
Mr Kirby and the rest of the team at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital are hoping to discourage youngsters from carrying knives. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Mr Kirby says the situation is getting out of control.

For staff at the hospital, it's not just about keeping people alive, it's about stop them from coming back.

With that in mind, Mr Kirby has a message for anyone thinking carrying a knife:

"The fact is it is not a badge of honour. It is a lifetime of pain and scars and disfigurement."