Attempted murder probe after teenager stabbed in heart in Plymouth
A MOTHER has described the horrifying moment she received a call from her teenage son saying 'Mum I've been stabbed, please phone me an ambulance'.
Alex Timbers, aged 17, is recovering in Derriford Hospital 18 hours after undergoing emergency heart surgery after being stabbed in the chest.
Detectives have launched an attempted murder investigation following the incident on Saturday at about 8.30pm.
Vicky Timbers, Alex's mum, said: "Alex has had to undergo heart surgery as the knife penetrated his heart.
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"He was in a critical condition and a top heart surgeon was brought in to perform the life-saving operation."
Police are now examining CCTV footage from the scene in Ker Street, Devonport, and are appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Inspector Mike Cooper said: "An incident occurred outside the Co-Op at the junction of Ker Street and George Street.
"Officers believe there were five people involved in an altercation and a male suffered stab wounds to his chest.
"He was taken to hospital and was later operated on for an injury to his heart."
The weapon, which police believe to be a small knife, has not been recovered despite an extensive search of the area.
DI Cooper said: "We believe there was quite a lot of activity outside the shop with people passing in and out.
"We are appealing to anybody who may have seen anything to get in touch.
"We are also appealing to anyone who lives in Ker Street or George Street who may have looked out of their window."
He added: "Police are treating this matter as a potential attempted murder, and as a result the incident has been passed to the Major Crime Investigation Team."
A resident in Ker Street, who did not want to be named, told The Herald he saw the injured male shortly after the incident in a nearby takeaway restaurant.
"I was in the kebab shop and a couple of lads came in with a couple of crates of beer," he said.
"One said 'I've just been stabbed'. He lifted his shirt up and there was blood dripping down.
"He sat down and said 'I'm feeling a bit light-headed' and then his mate said 'Let's go' and they picked up the beer and went round the corner.
He added: "This is the first stabbing I've ever known round here."
Another resident said: "All I saw was the ambulance and about five cop cars.
"I thought it was a hit and run or something.
"It's a quiet road here; everyone keeps themselves to themselves. This is not what you would expect."
Dozens of messages of support were posted on Alex's Facebook page last night.
One well-wisher wrote: "Stay strong buddy! You're a lil fighter, you will pull through!"
Another wrote: "We all know you Alex and we know you'll come out of this stronger than ever!
"Your a fighter and always will be don't give up!"
Three men, two aged 22 and one aged 21, have been arrested and were in custody last night.
Anyone with information about the incident should call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number ED/13/103.
MUM FINDS SON WITH STAB WOUND TO HEART
A MUM has spoken of her terror after she found her young son collapsed yards from her home suffering a stab wound to his heart.
Vicky Timbers had raced out of her home to be confronted by every parent's worst nightmare. A short distance from her front door she found son Alex, who had celebrated his 17th birthday just a week beforehand, sprawled on cobblestones and bleeding from his chest.
Vicky, 47, said the family had recently moved from Widewell to Devonport so Alex could be closer to his college, Deep Blue Sound, where he was a first year music production and engineering student.
She said: "The day before yesterday he was so excited at having a driving lesson. He'd come home and said he was going up the road to see a friend.
"Then 20 minutes later he rang me. His name came up (on the screen) and I thought he'd be saying could he stay out a little later."
Instead, Vicky listened in growing shock as her son gasped out: "Mum, Mum, I've been stabbed... please phone me an ambulance".
Vicky said: "His breathing was very heavy. He sounded awful.
"I asked 'where are you?' and he said 'I'm trying to get home'."
Vicky flew from the house to be confronted by the awful scene.
Paramedics treated Alex for what was initially thought to be a superficial wound to his chest, but more distress followed after the family reached Derriford Hospital's A&E.
Vicky, whose husband is an ex-marine, was accompanied by a friend and her husband, also an ex-marine.
She said: "What saved his life was Chris [friend's husband] who sat on the bed and noticed Alex shaking and couldn't breathe.
"He said he was going into trauma and he'd seen it before from battle-field wounds.
"He called the doctors over and within 10 minutes Alex was in for heart surgery. Without Chris saying that we would've brought him home."
Vicky said stabbing incidents were something you heard about, not something "you expect to happen on your doorstep".
She said: "He was very, very lucky. The heart surgeon said he was literally minutes from death. If he hadn't operated when he did, Alex could've died.
"To think, we had gone from a driving lesson to having to think about calling a priest."