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‘This world is going mad’ Stabbing victim says knife crime among young people is ‘getting worse’

Ibby Djilla was stabbed in the back in November 2017
Ibby Djilla was stabbed in the back in November 2017

Ibby Djilla was heading home from football training with his friends when he was stabbed in the back in November 2017.

“All I felt was a hot thing running down my back and leg. I never thought anything like that would happen to me in my life”

Ibby spent six days in hospital and took three months to recover.

His attacker was never identified.

Ibby was attacked in Splott Park in Cardiff
Ibby was attacked in Splott Park in Cardiff

 

Ibby told ITV News the issue of knife crime among young people is “getting worse” but thinks an increase in stop and search powers may help tackle the crisis.

Ibby is just one of the many increasing number of victims of knife crime in the UK
Ibby is just one of the many increasing number of victims of knife crime in the UK

The increase will help – but it’s not going to make them stop.

This world is going mad – it’s getting worse day by day.

Everyone wants to be tough – especially the little ones as well. They see their big brothers and try and copy them.

– IBBY DJILLA

Ibby said he is still haunted by the trauma of what happened to him.

“Since the stabbing… I get dreams that I’m getting chased by boys – like the boys that stabbed me.

“I wake up sweating… I don’t sleep well nowadays”.

The Cardiff City Foundation has launched a project in Cardiff to help tackle the knife crime epidemic.

Teenagers involved in the project say they’re worried about getting stabbed.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid is in favour of stop and search Credit: PA Images
Home Secretary Sajid Javid is in favour of stop and search Credit: PA Images

 

The Government announced on Monday teachers, nurses and police officers could be held accountable for failing to “spot warning signs” of violent crime among young people.

Nine swords and an axe were among 661 knives and blades handed in to Dyfed-Powys Police during a week long amnesty in March.

Officers visited shops, schools and youth clubs as part of Operation Sceptre.

Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police
Credit: Dyfed-Powys Police

 

Op Sceptre was an opportunity for us to educate people about the laws around selling and carrying knives, as well as allowing people to hand in knives or blades as part of the amnesty.

During this week, 661 knives have been taken off the streets, many of which were illegal items with concealed blades, which is a significant increase on the number of knives surrendered during the previous operation in September.

We understand that this increase might cause concern in our communities, and we would like to assure that Dyfed-Powys remains a safe area to live and work.

– INSPECTOR TIM DAVIES, DYFED-POWYS POLICE