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Teen tells how he fought in vain to save Nedim Bilgin after Caledonian Road stabbing

"Then someone started screaming and shouting: ‘I need help, I need help.’"

31 January, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Ben Lynch, 18, tried to save Nedim Bilgin’s life after he was stabbed  in Cally Road

BEN Lynch was on the phone to a friend when 17-year-old Nedim Bilgin was knifed to death yards from him.

He looked up when he heard someone screaming for help. The 18-year-old ran over and saw Nedim lying on the ground.

Mr Lynch, a lifeguard from Hertfordshire, said: “I didn’t hear or see anything from before the attack. Then someone started screaming and shouting: ‘I need help, I need help.’

17-year-old Nedim Bilgin

“There was a boy on the floor. He was not making any noise. There was just blood.

“I unzipped his jacket and ripped off his shirt and dove in to compress the wound. His heartbeat was really weak. I just wanted to help him.”

Mr Lynch had been drinking with friends on the other side of the road in the Meltdown Bar on Tuesday. He said: “A nurse came over and said she could take over the compression, but I refused to let go.”

Paramedics and police were called at about 6.50pm, but Nedim was pronounced dead at 7.15pm at the scene.

Police cordoned off Caledonian Road after the attack

“I stepped away and collapsed on the floor and cried,” Mr Lynch said. “A woman came out of a house and invited me in so I could wash myself.”

Mr Lynch added: “The boy is a year younger than me. He’s the same age as some of my best friends. I can’t stop thinking about his friends and family.

“My view on everything has changed. I am so grateful for what I have got and how I am.
“I used to see this stuff on the news, on TV and it didn’t hit me.

It’s real now. Why would people go out of their way to do this?

“These people have family. No one in this world has the right to take someone else’s life.

“That’s not the end of it either. It’s just going to get worse and worse now. There is a never­ending circle.”

Police are appeal­ing for information and for witnesses to call 0208 345 3715. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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