A STAB victim headlined an anti-knife crime gig less than half a mile from the place he was attacked.

Alex Train, lead singer of the band Quartermelon, played to a packed Fat Lil's Cafe in Witney at an event that raised more than £600 for charity.

Mr Train spent three days in hospital after he was assaulted in Ducklington Lane in April, with the ordeal compelling his close friend, Christina Hopkinson, to set up the gig.

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Quartermelon joined several other local artists and performers to raise funds for the Ben Kinsella Trust, named after a teenager who was fatally stabbed in London in 2008.

Mr Train, who has recovered from stomach injuries sustained in the attack and is now back at work, admitted it was an 'emotional' evening.

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Alex Train pictured with his girlfriend Kitty.

He said: "It was quite humbling but I really enjoyed it.

"There was great unity from everyone there, they were all in an upbeat mood."

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More than 100 people squeezed into Fat Lil's for the event, which featured artists including Oxford band Easter Island Statues, female duo Cate and Rhiannon and Zach C-R.

Spoken word poets, DJs and performers also showcased their skills at the event on May 24.

Ms Hopkinson, a Witney resident and artist manager, organised the evening alongside Oxford independent record label, FourTwenny Records.

Wychwood Brewery, based at Witney's Eagle Industrial Estate, donated a keg of beer to be sold at a discounted price on the night, with proceeds going to the charity.

Witney resident, Chrissie Horne, said: "It was a fantastic fundraising event and the line-up was brilliant."

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Fat Lil's owner, Paul Spink, added: "It’s a great cause and the local people and businesses have rallied around to offer their support.”

Mr Train was stabbed as he hauled his friend, Asa Higgs, off the floor after he had been cornered by two men on Ducklington Lane in the early hours of April 15.

He previously described how one of the attackers brandished a 'sword', which was the weapon used to attack Mr Train.

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Alex Train pictured at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

The Witney resident was taken to Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital, but did not need surgery or even stitching, with bandages protecting the wound instead.

He was discharged on April 17, but his attackers are still at large more than seven weeks later.

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Last month, police confirmed a 25-year-old from Witney had attended a voluntary interview under caution, but was not arrested.

The force has not provided any further updates since then.

The Ben Kinsella Trust has educated thousands of children across the country in the dangers of carrying a knife and the impact it can have on those affected.

Since the start of this year, more than 100 people in the UK have been fatally stabbed.

Visit benkinsella.org.uk to find out more information and donate.