Some local vet practises have discovered a secret way of making a bit of extra money on the side, with workers who tend to victims of gang violence saying that the UK's gangbangers are paying animal doctors cash to stitch them up to avoid entering The System and being asked why they've got a big old knife wound on them.
This comes from support workers in Nottingham, who told the BBC that the going rate for one dodgy local vet to stitch sliced lumps of throat back together is around £200, not including a side order of horse tranquiliser.
As well as not wanting to enter a hospital there's an element of good old gangster camaraderie going on too, as some victims are worried that exposing their wounds might lead to their attackers being traced, or the potential to be seen as an informant -- leading to further retribution and even bigger stab wounds. It's clearly a tough balance being a bad boy.
And it's not exactly illegal either, as the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons has rules about members not prescribing medicine to humans but nothing about not stitching people up for cash. [BBC]