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Bexleyheath Broadway stabbing: Teens saved knife victim Steve Bryant's life
(L-R) PC Lesley Copleston and Bexleyheath Inspector Paul Sanders with summer event organiser Philip Beaumont and Zac Thompson, 14, and Ayla Jenns, 17
A HEROIC teenager has described how she and her quick-thinking friend helped save the life of a man who was stabbed in Bexleyheath.
Ayla Jenns and Jake Rhodes, both aged 17, rushed to help Steve Bryant after he was knifed in the stomach on Bexleyheath Broadway.
The pair were among a crowd of people watching The Smurfs movie in a temporary cinema near McDonald's when they saw two men arguing at about 8.15pm on Thursday (Aug 22).
One of the men left before he returned and plunged a knife into the 47-year-old.
Ayla, of Gable Close, Crayford, said: "It was really shocking, everyone started screaming.
"Jake took his t-shirt off and tied it around the wound. He handled the situation so well.
"The victim was saying ‘what’s going on?’ and going in and out of consciousness.
"I was holding his hand and putting pressure on the wound until the paramedics came."
The suspect was later apprehended by an off-duty police sergeant.
Police at the scene of the stabbing on Bexleyheath Broadway
Ayla and Jake had been at a summer event organised by Bexleyheath Business Partnership aimed at bringing the community together with a host of free activities from 9am to 9pm every day.
Matt Carpenter, 31, who has helped with the popular event, said: "The kids are heroes and they should get credit for saving the guy's life.
"They've been absolute fantastic."
Ayla, a former pupil at Dartford Science and Technology College who is due to start North West Kent College later this year, added: "I was just doing what my mum or dad would do.
"I did what was necessary. If there hadn’t been the summer event and my relationship with all the staff I would not have been there to help and I must thank them."
Paul Sanders, Bexleyheath Neighbourhood Inspector, said: “Due to the swift action of staff at the facility valuable evidence has been secured, police were drafted to the area and the suspect detained. Ayla immediately assisted the victim and gave first aid."
John Paul Clarke, aged 48, of Southcote Road in Bournemouth, appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on August 24 charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.
He has been remanded in custody to appear at Inner London Crown Court on September 6.
Summer event staff member Philip Beaumont in between Ayla Jenns and Zac Thompson