London, England – A trans teenager was stabbed 14 times in a shocking and violent attack in Wealdstone, northwest London. An 18-year-old trans woman was rushed to the hospital after the attack on Masons Avenue.

   Summer Betts-Ramsey, 19, has been charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon in public. The victim had arranged to attend a roller-skating party with friends in Harrow Leisure Centre on the day of the alleged attack. She was allegedly attacked by a group and was subjected to transphobic slurs before being stabbed 14 times. She was then rushed to the hospital and discharged shortly after.

   Detective Inspector Nicola Hannant, who is leading the investigation, described the attack as shocking and violent, and urged anyone with information to come forward. The attack came just one day before a vigil marking the one-year anniversary of Brianna Ghey’s murder took place over the weekend. Just Like Us, a LGBTQ+ youth charity, expressed horror at the incident and emphasized the need for safety and an end to violence for trans young people.

   The victim has since been discharged from the hospital and four people have been arrested in connection with the alleged stabbing. The defendant will remain in custody until March 12, when a plea hearing is set to take place at the Old Bailey. The police have increased patrols in the area and encourage people to approach them with any information or concerns.

   Anyone with information about the incident has been urged to contact the police or independent charity Crimestoppers. This disturbing incident serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle for safety and acceptance faced by the trans community.

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