Former Bell Baxter pupil stabbed on holiday in Turkey

Callum Copson
Callum Copson

A former Bell Baxter pupil is said to be steadily improving in a Turkish hospital after suffering a serious stab wound during an incident on holiday.

Callum Copson (19) is conscious and talking again after undergoing surgery last week.

Callum, of Kennoway, was midway through a 10-day break with his girlfriend, Erin Brown, when he was stabbed in the stomach during an argument at a shop in Marmaris.

It’s understood Callum was trying to protect Erin as the incident escalated after staff refused to replace a faulty handbag she had bought a couple of days earlier. Callum was reportedly stabbed by a 15-year-old boy.

This week, his sister Rebecca said his condition was stable and he was awake and talking.

“He is doing okay just now – he’s going to be in hospital for a little while yet,” she said, adding the family now just wanted some privacy.

Parents Lorraine and Eric travelled out to Turkey to be at their son’s bedside after hearing the shock news.

The Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture confirmed Callum had been operated on and was currently responding well to treatment.

A spokesman added: “The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism sends its best wishes for Callum’s speedy recovery.

“The chief suspect has been arrested and is currently under custody, while a full investigation is under way.”