Azaan Kaleem: Luton stab victim’s mum praises blood donors

Azaan Kaleem, 18, was found with stab wounds on Hartsfield Road, Luton, on 22 March
Azaan Kaleem, 18, was found with stab wounds on Hartsfield Road, Luton, on 22 March
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A mother said she was able to “say goodbye” to her son, who was stabbed to death, because of blood donors.

Azaan Kaleem, 18, was found hurt on Hartsfield Road, Luton, on 22 March and died of his injuries in hospital two days later.

He received 16 units of blood and 16 platelets, enabling him to be stabilized and undergo vital surgery, NHS Blood and Transplant said.

Azaan’s mother, Roseann Taylor, is calling for more people to give blood.

Ms Taylor said: “It is thanks to blood donors that Azaan could be operated on and as a family we were given the time to gather around and say goodbye.

“It brought me immense comfort knowing that thanks to the selfless act of blood donors, donating just an hour of their time, I got to spend another 48 hours with my son.”

Azaan Kaleem's mother Roseann Taylor said her son was "full of life and extremely kind at heart"
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She is now urging anyone, “especially those from black and Asian backgrounds such as myself and Azaan”, to donate.

Ms Taylor is also raising money for the trauma unit at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital where he was treated.

Five people charged with Azaan Kaleem’s murder are due to stand trial at Luton Crown Court on 2 October.

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Girl dies after being thrown from ‘exploding’ bouncing castle

Police have cordoned off an area on Gorleston beach and an investigation is under way
Police have cordoned off an area on Gorleston beach and an investigation is under way
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A child has died after being thrown from a bouncy castle that eyewitnesses say exploded on a Norfolk beach.

The girl was thrown from the inflatable at Gorleston beach at about 11:00 BST and paramedics took her to James Paget Hospital, but she died of her injuries.

Norfolk Police have cordoned off a section of the beach, which was busy with people enjoying the hot weather, to begin an investigation.

The inflatable was on Lower Esplanade in the children’s play area.

Eyewitnesses said it “exploded” and the child was thrown into the air.

The girl was in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived
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The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) said it received more than a dozen calls to the incident and several people, including the RNLI, came to the aid of the girl.

The beach is busy with people enjoying the good weather
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Paramedics were on scene within four minutes, when the girl was in cardiac arrest, and she later died.

An EEAST spokeswoman said: “We would like to thank everyone who rushed to respond the young patient, and did everything possible to give her treatment and care. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

An investigation involving the Health and Safety Executive, local authority and police is under way.

Gorleston, near Great Yarmouth, is a popular beach destination for families and on Wednesday played host to the filming of a new film by Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle.

Great Yarmouth’s MP, Brandon Lewis, said on Twitter: “Absolutely tragic, thoughts are with family and friends, just so sad.”

Earlier this month, two fairground workers were jailed for manslaughter by gross negligence after a bouncy castle blew away with seven-year-old Summer Grant inside, in Essex in March 2016.

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