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Rapper DJ Ironik stabbed by muggers

DJ Ironik
Image caption DJ Ironik thanked his fans for their support

Rapper and anti-knife campaigner DJ Ironik has been stabbed by muggers who robbed him of his jewellery.

The 22-year-old was attacked by two men in hooded tops in the early hours of Saturday morning in Highgate, north London, the Metropolitan Police said.

He received a knife wound to the buttock during the attack and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

The rapper, real name James Charters, was returning from a gig in Essex at the time of the incident.

He has thanked fans for their support following the attack via his Twitter feed, adding: "It could of been much worse so thank God it weren't and I'm just resting and recovering."

The DJ was approached by the men at 0330 GMT as he arrived home.

Robbery motive

After attacking Ironik, the pair - who were wearing dark clothes including hooded tops - fled with jewellery belonging to the rapper.

Police said all but one of the stolen items was later recovered.

A Met spokesman said: "Inquiries are continuing but no arrests have been made.

"The investigation is at an early stage and the motivation for the attack is thought to be robbery."

Best known for number three hit Tiny Dancer (Hold me Closer) - a collaboration also featuring Chipmunk and Sir Elton John - the rapper is a Prince's Trust ambassador and a vocal anti-knife campaigner.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "It's been a crazy last couple of days and this whole experience is quite surreal. But they say what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger."

This was followed by the message: "I wanna thank each and every one of my friends, family and supportive fans that have showed me lots of much love."

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