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Mother of Ramsgate stabbing victim calls for end to knife crime

By Thanet Times  |  Posted: June 12, 2012

STABBED: Chris Rogers from Newington is now recovering in hospital after he suffered a punctured lung in a weekend knife attack

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A FATHER-OF-ONE was airlifted to hospital after he was stabbed in Ramsgate.

Chris Rogers, 26, from Newington suffered a punctured lung when he was stabbed in Telham Avenue on Sunday shortly after 6pm.

His mother, 45-year-old Irene Wallbank from Dumpton, said: "I have always been against knives. It is too easy for something like this to happen.

"The people who did this don't realise how much it hurts to know your son is fighting for his life."

Mr Rogers is currently being treated at King's College Hospital.

He was airlifted to the London hospital where he was initially said to be on a ventilator and in a critical condition.

Speaking yesterday Mrs Wallbank, who has seven children, said: "I felt a big sigh of relief this morning when they told me he had opened his eyes. I haven't slept all night.

"This has got to stop, if only people could help each other instead of hurting each other."

Kent Police were making house-to-house inquiries in Telham Avenue and Marden Avenue on Sunday night until 7.30pm.

A police spokesman said: "Police were called to an address in Telham Avenue, Ramsgate at around 5.15pm on Sunday, following reports that a man in his 20s has sustained a knife wound to the chest.

"He was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening.

"A 23-year-old man from Ramsgate has been arrested this morning on suspicion of assault and remains in police custody at this time.

"Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the Telham Avenue area around 5pm yesterday evening who may have witnessed anything, or anyone who has any other information which could assist in this investigation."

If you can help, please call 101 quoting reference ZY/16022/12.

Alternatively, you can call Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.I

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