Unite to beat knife crime’ plea
PUBLISHED: 12:18 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:44 25 August 2010
PARENTS of teenage murder victims have called on political parties to put aside their differences and work together to prevent such tragedies being repeated. The families of Jimmy Mizen and Rob Knox hope the general election can be a fresh start , allow
PARENTS of teenage murder victims have called on political parties to put aside their differences and work together to prevent such tragedies being repeated.
The families of Jimmy Mizen and Rob Knox hope the general election can be a "fresh start", allowing politicians to stop their infighting and to work instead on cutting youth crime.
Barry and Margaret Mizen, parents of 16-year-old Jimmy, who was killed at a bakery in Lee when his throat was cut by broken glass, have campaigned tirelessly with a group called Families United to help reduce youth crime.
Colin and Sally Knox, parents of 18-year-old Harry Potter actor Rob, who was knifed to death outside the Metro bar in Sidcup in 2008, are also members of the group. They are waiting to see the main parties' manifestos before deciding who to vote for.
Mr Mizen, of Dallinger Road, Sidcup, has met politicians from the three main parties.
He said: "What is needed is for the petty point-scoring and sensationalism to be put aside and for everyone to come together in reasonable discussion. The government, whoever wins, cannot do this alone. The police cannot do it alone. The education system cannot do it alone. We need to work together. With the election coming on, it is a chance for a fresh start."
Mrs Knox said she will continue her campaigning no matter which party is elected.
She added: "I haven't worked with the Conservatives so it is not fair to compare. Once I have seen their manifesto I will know where they stand and will make my decision based on that.
"But whichever government comes in, we will carry on campaigning."
Speaking exclusively to the Times at the beginning of the year, film stars Ray Winstone and Sir Ben Kingsley added their voices to calls for tougher action on knife crime.
Attending the premier of film Cold Kiss, inspired by the death of Rob Knox, Sir Ben said: "Every day on the news someone's been stabbed or shot. I fear for my kids when they go out and I fear for my wife when she goes shopping.
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