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Mum of knife murder victim makes appeal to parents ahead of Mother's Day

March 9, 2018
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A mum whose son was murdered in a knife attack has made an emotional appeal to parents as she prepares to face another Mother’s Day without him.

Twenty-five year-old Luke Moran was fatally stabbed in Clifton in 2011 and seven years on, life has never been the same for mum Jane Taylor and her family.

In support of a new awareness campaign Lives Not Knives, Mrs Taylor today pleaded for parents to do more to help tackle knife crime throughout Nottinghamshire by having a conversation with their children and ensuring they are educated that they are more at risk of being hurt if they carry knives.

Mrs Taylor, of Clifton, said: "Knife crime destroys two people’s lives. Not just the person who gets stabbed, but the person who did it.

Their family would suffer, like we suffer. I would hate to think I've got a murderer in the family, but quite a few people have.

"I think it's the parent’s responsibility to check the children. Make sure they haven't got anything that they shouldn't have when they are going out. The only way to solve it is to get parents on board and getting stricter."

Kerry Holden, then 35, of Farnborough Road, Clifton, was jailed for life after being convicted in 2012 of Luke’s murder.

Under the slogan ‘Lives Not Knives’, the Force is calling on people across the county to come together and play their own important part in preventing people carrying knives.

We are working closely with all agencies and community members to make it clear that carrying a knife should never be seen as acceptable. 

Detective Superintendent Simon Firth, Nottinghamshire Police’s Knife Crime Strategy Manager, said we all have a responsibility to help reduce knife crime – and parents are vital in helping getting the message across.

“Mrs Taylor is absolutely right – the impact of knife crime has a huge ripple effect for two sets of families. The consequences can be devastating for families and communities,” he said.

“And all of that misery for mums, dads, brothers, sisters and friends can last a lifetime and follows from one very bad decision to carry a knife.

"Carrying a knife does not protect you. It puts you more at risk of coming to harm. This is a very simple but important message that I would expect all parents would want their children to know to prevent them getting hurt."

Watch the full interview with Jane on Mother's Day on the force's social media pages.

To learn more about knife crime and to receive advice of how to start the conversation please visit the force's new webpage: www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/knifecrime

Mum of knife murder victim makes appeal to parents ahead of Mother's Day

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