Family of teenager left in wheelchair after gang stabbing call for end to knife crime

The family of a teenage knife crime victim who effectively died on the street in Brixton, south London, for nearly an hour have called for an end to knife crime after his two attackers were given life sentences.

James Bascoe-Smith was 16 when he was attacked by Leon Rashid and Taiquane Lewis last February and has been left in a wheelchair, with life-changing injuries, after the incident.

He was a completely innocent victim of the gang stabbing.

“I urge people who carry knives to stop,” Rachel Duncan, James’s aunt, said after the sentencing.

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