• Let's hope that he makes it through and that they catch those responsible. He's now been in hospital for nearly a month, it must be a nightmare for his family.

    James Bascoe-Smith was testing out his new bike on Henry Road, Brixton, when he was set upon by the gang at 6pm on February 23, in an unprovoked attack.

    The 17-year-old was stabbed multiple times in the chest and thigh and lay bleeding in front of his family as they desperately battled to save his life.

    His family have now issued a fresh appeal to find the attackers as James fights for his life in hospital.



    Anyone with information, however insignificant they think it might be, is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6277/23FEB.

    This doesn't seem to have been a bikejacking attempt but an attack for some other reason (or no reason at all). I can't find any mention of his bike being taken, not that that's too important in the light of his injuries.

    An older article:


  • Terrifying attack. Hope the poor kid pulls through and recovers and the police get some leads.

  • This story is heartbreaking :(
    my thoughts and prayers are
    with James and his family 🙏🏽

  • An update on James, life sentences for his attackers, and the very sad story of this horrible, seemingly random attack. It's still not even clear if they were trying to rob him for his bike or were merely intent on killing someone. While, again, obviously that's not too important a detail, you do wonder about what the motive was.


  • Thank you for raising this story, it's harrowing. I'd echo your comment, knowing a motive might would provide an element of closure/understanding for the poor victim. Otherwise a random yet extremely violent attack "just for the sake if it" is quite terrifying

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2021-02-23 Rider down (stabbing), Henry Road, Brixton

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