Sheffield children taught first aid skills to help stabbing victims
Children in Sheffield haveÂ beenÂ taught first aid to help save lives if they witness a stabbing on the city's streets.
With knife crime on the rise, and sevenÂ fatal stabbings in Sheffield so far this year, children between 11 and 16 years old have received training on how to help bleeding victims.
Youngsters at Sheffield Futures youth clubs in Abbeydale and GleadlessÂ were trained as part of theÂ Street Doctors scheme, where medical students deliver emergency life-saving skills to young people.
As part of theÂ training session, South Yorkshire Police also sent officers to speak to the children aboutÂ knife crime in Sheffield and how to report incidents anonymously in a bid to save lives.
The aim of the sessionÂ was to educate young people on the potential consequences of knife crime and carrying a blade.
Young medics taughtÂ youthÂ club members theÂ location of vital organs in the body, the dangers and warning signs of blood loss and first aid techniques they should attempt if they find themselves with a stabbing victim.
Funding for the sessionÂ was secured by the Sheffield Youth Justice Service.
It formed a strand of Operation Sceptre '“Â a South Yorkshire PoliceÂ crackdown on knife crime.
Sheffield Futures youth workers have also been working with PCSOs on joint patrols in Sharrow, Gleadless and Upperthorpe to speak to young people about stabbings.
Sheffield Futures' Head of Targeted Services and Health, Dan White, said: 'Sheffield Futures is working closely with multi-agency teams to support young people and prevent knife crime.
'We are working in the community with young people to help them to understand the dangers of carrying a knife and with community groups to ensure that our support is targeted.'
PC Mark Toyne, who attended the session,Â said: "The Street Doctors delivered their presentation expertly and had a genuine rapport with their young audience.
'Our thanks to Sheffield Futures and Street Doctors for involving themselves in Operation Sceptre and for delivering such a valuable input.'
Fahim Hersi, from Broomhall,Â was stabbed to death at Valley Centertainment onÂ Friday, September 21.
The month before,Â 21-year-old Kavan Brissett, was stabbed to death in an alleyway off Langsett Walk, near Upperthorpe.
Both murders remain unsolved.
Last monthÂ 85-year-old AlanÂ Grayson was stabbed during an incident at his home in Orgreave Lane,Â Handsworth.
His wife, MarjorieÂ Grayson, 83, has been charged with murder.
The first fatal stabbing of the year came when 22-year-old Jarvin Blake was knifed to deathÂ at the junction of CatherineÂ Street and Brackley Street, Burngreave.
Josiah Foster, 26, of the Manor, Sheffield; Lewis Barker, 26, of Parson Cross, Sheffield; Devon Walker, 24, of Burngreave, Sheffield and Caine Gray, 27, of Treeton, Rotherham, are all charged withÂ murder.
In May, detectives launched two murder investigations in theÂ space of two days after two more men were stabbed to death.
Ryan Jowle, 19, was knifed in his chest in Tannery Close Woodhouse, on Wednesday,Â May 23 and the following day 15-year-old Samuel Baker wasÂ fatallyÂ stabbed in Lowedges Road, Lowedges.
Frank Mvila Kiongaze, 22, of Morland Road, Gleadless Valley, has been charged with Ryan'sÂ murder and a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of killing Samuel.
The following month, 59-year-old Glenn Boardman was stabbed to death in a house inÂ Steven Close, Chapeltown.
Michael Andrew Goddard, 50, of Steven Close,Chapeltown, has been charged with murder.
Anyone with any information on any of the murders should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.