This is the sickening moment a 15-year-old schoolboy was stabbed to death by a machete gang as he stood outside a takeaway just 100 yards from his home.
Jay Hughes, known to friends as Jai Sewell, was attacked by four men outside a fried chicken shop in Bellingham, South East London, last Thursday.
The video surfaced as it was today reported that a 16-year-old was stabbed on a bus in Kingstanding, where the knife narrowly missed his heart, Birmingham Live reports.
Footage shows Jay stood outside the eatery, where he had been heading for a meal. After the stabbing he stumbled inside and collapsed with major stomach injuries, dying in hospital three hours later.
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This is the shocking moment Jai Sewell, 15, was stabbed in Bellingham, South East London
Newly-released footage shows the boy standing with a friend as masked gang members head towards them – and someone in a hoodie stabs Jai
Jay Hughes (above) was attacked by four men who slashed at his body on the street last Thursday
An air ambulance scrambled to the scene in Birmingham after a 16-year-old was stabbed in the chest on a bus
Today, newly-released footage shows the boy standing with a friend as masked gang members head towards them – and someone in a hoodie stabs Jai.
It was shared on social media with the post: ‘I don’t normally push this topic but this is something that the authorities must see and act upon as soon as possible.
‘It’s already out of control and emergency meetings must be done ASAP. We need to stop this.’
His killing sparked the 116th murder investigation in the capital this year. A friend said the attack was a case of mistaken identity linked to tit-for-tat gang violence.
Birmingham bus attack
A 16-year-old was stabbed in the chest on double-decker bus today.
The teenager has been taken to hospital following the Birmingham attack.
Witnesses says the knife narrowly missed the boy’s heart.
Bystanders rushed at the victim with towels when they saw him ‘just sitting at the bus stop waiting for help’.
West Midlands Police have arrested a 17-year-old male.
The 16-year-old’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
He said Jai’s cousin was a drill rapper – music linked to criminal behaviour.
‘This situation is going to spiral – there will be reprisals,’ said the friend.
Thomas Coffie, an IT worker at Kings College Hospital, tried to save Jai’s life.
‘I was coming home from work and pulled up to get some food,’ said the 23-year-old.
‘I heard a bang and looked up. I could see he had been stabbed through his jacket. He fell on the floor, I couldn’t stop him falling.
‘I started to help him and then took off my shirt to stop the bleeding from the left side.
‘I tried to put some pressure on the wounds just to keep him alive until the ambulance arrived.
‘I was just holding him, I couldn’t see because of all the blood. He had been cut in his stomach and his chest.’
Police are desperately trying to stem the bloodshed after Jai was one of five men and boys stabbed to death in London in a week.
It began with the murder of father Rocky Djelal, 38, who was killed in Southwark Park, Rotherhithe, in a targeted attack last Wednesday.
The next evening, Jai was killed. On Friday, college student Malcolm Mide-Madariola, 17, was knifed to death outside Clapham South Tube station.
Rocky Djelal (left) was killed in Rotherhithe in a targeted attack last Wednesday. Malcolm Mide-Madariola (right) was fatally stabbed outside Clapham South Tube station last Friday
Ayodeji Azeez, 22, from Dagenham, then died after being attacked by a gang of men who chased him down the street in Anerley, South East London, on Sunday.
The latest victim was a 16-year-old, known as John O, stabbed to death in Tulse Hill, South London, on Monday. Friends said he was a drill rapper known as JaySav.
Ayodeji Azeez, 22, died after being attacked by a gang of men who chased him in Anerley, South East London, on Sunday
Jai lived with his grandmother Sophie Sewell in a three-bedroom house.
His aunt, Rochelle, 32, said: ‘He said he was going out to get some food and he never came back. He was a young boy who played on his bike and met up with friends.
‘We are heartbroken. He was very bright and brilliant at art. He wanted to be a cartoonist.’
Deanne Wright, a 36-year-old neighbour, said: ‘I often saw him out and about or on the bus – he was a sweet and caring boy.’
A man who lives opposite the crime scene said gangs of children hang around on street corners in an intimidating fashion.
‘Kids are killing kids, it has to stop,’ he said. ‘Their parents need to do more and check them before they leave the house.’
Scotland Yard released a new picture of the victim earlier this week as they continued to seek witnesses.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Soole said: ‘I’m hoping the release of Jay’s image will help to jog the memory of those in and around the Randlesdown Road area in Bellingham on the night of his murder.
Five people have been murdered in stab attacks in the capital in the past eight days alone
‘My team continues to work around the clock to apprehend those responsible for this callous attack, which cost a young boy his life.
‘I’d urge anyone with information, no matter how insignificant they believe it is, to do the right thing and get in contact with us as soon as possible.’
Britain’s knife crime epidemic saw six stabbing attacks take place across the country in just over 24 hours between Tuesday evening and last night.
Police launched another murder probe after a man in his 50s was found with stab wounds in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, shortly after 10pm yesterday.
The victim was found with ‘serious injuries’ and taken to the James Paget Hospital by ambulance, but died shortly after arrival.
A man aged in his 60s and a woman in her 50s, both from the Great Yarmouth area, were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody for questioning.
A man was airlifted to hospital in a ‘serious condition’ after he was found with stab wounds in Hackney, East London, near the Olympic Village – shortly before 2pm yesterday
An hour later, a man in his 20s was ‘repeatedly stabbed’ in Enfield, North London, as the city’s week of carnage continues.
Earlier that same day, two knife attacks took place in just over an hour in different ends of the capital.
A teenager was left with ‘life-threatening injuries’ after a stabbing in Shepherd’s Bush before a man airlifted to hospital following a knife attack in Hackney.
In another example of lawless Britain, police arrested three men on suspicion of murder in Birmingham after a man was found dead in the street on Tuesday night.
Footage from the scene in Sparkbrook showed officers laying a white sheet over the victim’s body. It is believed the incident was a stabbing.
Also on Tuesday, officers were called to an alleyway in well-heeled West Hampstead in North West London at about 8pm after reports of yet another knife attack.
Another knife attack took place at about 12pm yesterday in Shepherd’s Bush, West London
The boy was found on a road named after rock legend Billy Fury, close to a street of multi-million pound houses and the three train stations in the area.
The incident came on the same day that stabbing deaths in the UK hit 250 this year.
Six stabbings in 28 hours in Lawless Britain
Sparkbrook, Birmingham – 7pm, Tuesday
West Hampstead, North West London – 8pm, Tuesday
Hackney, East London – 2pm, yesterday
Shepherd’s Bush, West London – 12pm, yesterday
Enfield, North London – 11pm, yesterday
Great Yarmouth – 10.20pm, yesterday
Last night Home Secretary Sajid Javid ordered police to ‘step up’ action to tackle the knife epidemic bringing bloodshed to Britain’s streets.
He also made clear officers must make ‘full use’ of their powers, including stop-and-search, to prevent violence. Use of the controversial checks has fallen from 1.4million to 242,000 in a decade.
Mr Javid, in the US for meetings with tech giants, made his comments during an operational briefing with Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick.
He told Britain’s most senior police officer that he was ‘deeply worried’ by the levels of violence engulfing the UK.
A shocking 119 people have been killed in knife and gun carnage in London alone this year.
Reiterating his commitment to focus on ‘driving down’ violent crime, the Home Secretary told Miss Dick: ‘Alongside tough law enforcement we will not let up on our work to prevent young people getting drawn into knife crime in the first place.
‘But we must step up the police response to get the situation under control so that these measures have time to work.’
‘We cut him open like a bear’: Drill rap gang taunt family of Tulse Hill rapper ‘JaySav’ in video mocking his mother’s tears at cradling dying 16-year-old son
By JOSH WHITE and JIM NORTON for the Daily Mail
The victim, named locally only as John O, was set upon by knife-wielding assailants
Street warfare in London spiralled further out of control after a notorious gang openly taunted a murder victim and bragged about the ferocity of the knife attack.
A sickening post was left on YouTube for the victim’s family and police to see, in which those thought responsible for the 16-year-old’s death revelled in the murder.
The victim, named locally only as John O, was set upon by a group of knife-wielding assailants as he waited for his mother to pick him up from the deprived Tulse Hill Estate, South London, on Monday night.
She arrived to find her boy lying bloodied on the pavement and screamed for help.
The murder is thought to be linked to rival drill music gangs, Lower Tulse Hill and the Harlem Spartans from nearby Kennington.
A user called Spartan H posted a taunt on YouTube yesterday, in which it was gleefully claimed the schoolboy’s belly had been ‘cut open like a bear’ before his mother was seen ‘screaming it ain’t fair’.
Using rap-style lyrics to mock the dead boy’s family and apparently claim credit for the murder, the anonymous author wrote: ‘Tulse Hill Tugs what where, cut your belly open like a bear, mandem gave u a scare, Jaysav’s fam screaming it ain’t fair, 15 inch that’s shanks in guts yh [yeah]’.
The lyric was followed by a laughing emoticon. John performed rap music under the pseudonym JaySav, friends said.
A performer using the same name has appeared on at least one violent rap track with the Lower Tulse Hill gang – thought to be a younger offshoot of the TN1, or Trust No One gang.
Members of TN1 were implicated in an earlier gang war. That led to the notorious 2011 drive-by shooting that left a five-year-old girl, Thusha Kamaleswaran, paralysed when she was hit by a bullet in her uncle’s shop.
The murdered boy had apparently ignored warnings from his parents to stay away from the Tulse Hill estate, which has served as the backdrop to several violent drill music videos.
Yesterday, family members denied he was linked to the gang, stating: ‘He was retaking his GCSEs and was planning to go into engineering’.
But a multitude of online commenters stated ‘RIP JaySav’ in reference to the slaying.
Police officers search near the scene where the 16-year old was killed in Tulse Hill yesterday
The Harlem Spartans, as well as rival ‘crews’ Moscow17 and Zone 2, are amongst the most established – and reputedly most dangerous – of all London’s many drill music collectives.
Despite their undoubted criminal links, the groups have managed to accrue respect from mainstream DJs like former Radio 1 presenter Tim Westwood.
Other fans of the music speculated which particular incident in the conflicts between drill gangs could have led to the killing.
One said that the Harlem Spartans and the Tulse Hill-based groups ‘weren’t cool’ due to a previous stabbing.
There was no suggestion the murdered boy had been involved in any violent or illegal activity.
He went to school in nearby West Norwood and had previously played football for local community team St Matthew’s FC.
Two people stand after laying flowers near the scene in Tulse Hill where John was killed
But his coach, Lee Dema, revealed a heartbreaking pact he had made with the teenager and two of the boy’s friends earlier this year.
Mr Dema had written in April about his concerns for the schoolboy and his friends.
‘Shook hands in agreement today with three of our 16-year-old boys that they will attend my funeral and not vice versa. Please God they stick to it’, he wrote, evidently worried.
Yesterday, he noted sadly: ‘Very sad to say that one of them did not stick to our agreement.’
Last night, Mr Dema said he had no knowledge of the boy’s connection to drill music.
Younger members of the team laid tributes near the scene of the slaying. The club said on Facebook: ‘Very sad to announce the tragic passing of John O. on Monday night.
‘John first attended activities when he was six. Lovely to see some of his SMFC teammates laying flowers at the scene last night.’