Warning: Graphic language and description of injury

There were almost 15,000 knife crimes recorded in London last year – the highest since records began. Clive Myrie spent several weeks at the Royal London Hospital’s trauma unit, where many of the victims are treated.

“People who carry knives are pussies,” says Lucas.

Lucas is at his home in Essex. At 6ft 1in, he’s a big lad at just 16 years old. He lifts up a loose fitting T-shirt to reveal a neat incision wound about 6in long, running from his sternum down to his belly button.

It’s healing well, and was made by a surgeon in a lengthy operation to repair an attacker’s stab wound that pierced his liver. A group of teenage robbers had tried to steal his

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