Family of boy, 17, fighting for life after zombie-knife gang stabbed him say their lives have been 'ripped apart'

THE distraught family of a 17-year-old boy stabbed with zombie knives in an unprovoked attack say their lives have been "ripped apart".

James Bascoe-Smith was riding his bike in Brixton, South West London, when he was set upon by a gang of thugs.

The teen is currently fighting for his life in hospital following the bloodbath on February 23.

His heartbroken family have now revealed their anguish as police continue to hunt the knifemen.

James' aunt Rachel Duncan said: "The perpetrators do not realise the ripple effect of their actions. They have not just violently injured James, they have ripped apart our lives.

"I urge anyone who knows anything about the attack to come forward."


James was "dragged" along by his bike and fell to the ground after the mob jumped out of a 4×4 and began stabbing him.

The terrified teen screamed "mum, mum" as he lay in a pool of blood, horrified witnesses said.

Abdul Razak, 37, told The Sun Online: "He was shouting 'mum, mum!' His aunt and mum were by his side and screaming for help.

“His mum said he just came out to test his bike and then they tried to kill him.

"There was a lot of blood. A neighbour came out with a towel and told me to press it on the wound with his chest to stop the bleeding.

“I saw three stab wounds, two on his chest and one in his left thigh. But apparently there was more.

“Everyone who was helping was shouting 'come on, you can make it'."


Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said five weapons, including two Rambo-style knives, two "Zombie" knives and a kitchen knife, were found at the scene.

Police have now issued a fresh appeal for information and have made no arrests.

They said James was "subjected to a horrific and unprovoked attack".

Detective Sergeant Charlotte Carter added: “We now know that two vehicles, a black VW Passat and a black Range Rover Evoque, travelled in convoy from the Kennington Oval area to Henry Road prior to the attack.

"The same vehicles then left in convoy with the Passat abandoned in nearby Foxley Road minutes later.

“The Range Rover would have been noticeable because the only rear lights that worked on it were the brake lights. It returned to the Kennington Oval area where police located it, abandoned, at 03:00hrs the next morning.

“I am appealing for any witnesses who may have any information about the attack on Henry Road, or the movements of this distinctive looking Range Rover, to come forward.”

Anyone with information has been asked to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6277/23FEB.

To remain anonymous, ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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