Violent gang member ‘who walked through Glasgow like a murderous pirate’ and nearly died after being stabbed NINE times, recounts how he changed his life – and gets a touching message from an NHS nurse who treated him
- Callum Hutchison, 29, from Glasgow, spent teenage years in and out of prison
- Now the former alcoholic is helping young people turn away from gang violence
- Panorama documentary: How Scotland Cut Violent Crime looks at how the country has reduced violent knife crime after the introduction of a special unit to fight stabbing
- Hutchison tells young offenders how he was stabbed nine times
- For the documentary, a nurse who took care of him contacted the father of two to say she was ‘proud’ that he had changed his life
A former violent gang member who had become a knife crime campaigner has revealed how he changed his life after being stabbed nine times in a brawl.
Father of two Callum Hutchison, 29, featured in the BBC Panorama documentary: How Scotland Cut Violent Crime, which aired on Monday night and told young prisoners about his past crime life, saying he ran around the east end of Glasgow as a murderous pirate. ‘
Former alcoholic Hutchison revealed that he was stabbed nine times in one night and carried a lockback knife every day from the age of 11 – saying he had a “ pure deadly absence of hope ” in his life.
Callum Hutchison, 29, from Glasgow, spent teenage years in and out of prison. Now a campaigner against gang crime, Hutchison appeared in the BBC Panorama documentary: How Scotland Cut Violent Crime on Monday, telling young perpetrators that he had a ‘deadly absence of hope’ as a teenager
Callum depicted ten years ago; he told the program that he “daily had a lockback knife with him from the age of 11 and drank alcoholic from the age of 12”
One of the viewers who tuned in to the documentary, presented by BBC News anchor Kate Silverton, was a nurse who treated him with death after his brush.
Callum posted the message he received on his Twitter account and wrote: ‘I’ve had a lot of tweets and direct messages in recent days, I appreciate them all. For me this is the best. Thanks to everyone for taking me where I am, but it all started with the great NHS nurses and doctors who kept me alive. ‘
The unnamed nurse had written “I just wanted to say how proud I am of what you have accomplished and how you have changed your life.”
During the BBC program, Silverton officers from the Police Violence Reduction Department interviewed Scotland; the country has seen a significant reduction in knife crime since the unit was introduced in 15 years.
Callum spoke to young perpetrators and now said to gang life: ‘I wore a lockback knife every day from the age of eleven and drank alcohol from about twelve years old. I spent my 16th birthday, my 18th birthday and my 21st birthday in prison. ‘
“All I did was just violence with violence with violence, running around the east side of Glasgow like a murderous pirate and just a pure deadly absence of hope in my life man.”
Now a father of two, viewers watched the Callum program reveal how he spent his most important milestone birthdays – 18th and 21st – in prison (pictured with daughter Gracie May)
During the program, young perpetrators in Scotland heard about the Violence Reduction Unit, which has helped reduce crime rates north of the border
Journalist Kate Silverton reported from Scotland on measures to tackle juvenile delinquency that is “radical,” but is helping the current generation escape “the cycle of violence experienced by their parents.”
Callum, third from the right, speaking to young offenders; he told them that during his most violent period he had a ‘season ticket’ for A&E
He added that he had a ‘season ticket’ for A&E and was stabbed after someone came in his path while walking home one night.
Callum revealed that his life changed after being approached in the emergency room by an employee of the Violence Reduction Unit and started talking about getting sober.
He told viewers, “He said,” How are you? I work for the Navigator Program for the Violence Reduction Unit ‘. It’s one of the first times I ever remember someone saying, “Can I help you with anything? “. ‘
Viewers praised Callum for the work he has done in the field of crime prevention.
@ Trishfish60 wrote, “I loved your story about #Panorama tonight Callum – keep doing what you do to help those at risk of further recidivism and violence.”
@HodgySharon added, “The part where Callum describes” just a pure deadly absence of hope in my life “could be hailed as street poetry, but is actually the hard truth about how it feels to so many young people. We need to do better with our youth. ‘
Another viewer, @zimbitas, said, “One of the first times I remember someone saying to me, can I help you with anything?”. That touched me. Sometimes that big break in life comes from the fact that there is only one person who really wants to see you do better. ‘