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It's important to stand up to gangs, says stab victim

A former policeman who was stabbed outside his home in Birmingham, along with his son, says it is important to make a stand against gangs.

Martin and Edward Thompson were asked for help by a 15 year-old who was being chased by four youths armed with knives.

Martin Thompson, 53, left his house to look out for the gang when he was confronted by a group led by 18 year-old Carl Johnson. Mr Thompson was then stabbed in his side and his son was stabbed in his left shoulder.

Edward Thompson, 18, spent four days in intensive care after suffering a punctured lung in the attack and his father Martin told Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire that he would probably do the same again.

Johnson has been sentenced to a minimum of five and a half years for wounding and causing grievous bodily harm.

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  • 25 Oct 2011
  • From the section UK