Over the weekend we saw a further nine stabbings with three being fatal. Yesterday a 14-year-old boy was stabbed in Old Dagenham Park.
Today Suzanne Hedges writes in the Havering Daily following the tragic death of her son Ricky Hayden who was stabbed to death outside of his Romford home in 2016.
I have campaigned over the last four years since my son was stabbed to death to make people aware of the rise in stabbings in this country.
Over the weekend in London three people have been stabbed to death and have lost their lives on our streets.
I feel the government and the Mayor of London are not concerned and are not bothered. They have done nothing to physically reduce the epidemic.
As a family, we go through the daily torment of seeing yet another family heart broken due to a stabbing of a member of their family.
The government are not interested in the victims families. We haven’t received the support we needed after the murder of my son. But the criminals get everything, support, a roof over their head rent free and three meals a day.
I am now fighting to survive due to not being able to work as the loss of my son has brought on anxiety, paranoia and panic attacks and my mental health is suffering.
I am fed up with the governments promises to help decrease the knife/gun problems on our streets. They have actually done nothing . The justice system is still a problem. When these criminals are arrested by the police, they are then given cautions for carrying knives and walk out of court back onto our streets terrorising not only the youth of today but everybody else and perhaps even carrying out further stabbings.
I have pounded the pavements of London including going outside Downing Street and London Bridge with the victim’s families who have lost family to knife/gun crime. However, I feel that nothing has changed.
It didn’t matter what religion, colour or nationality, we all stood united fighting for a change and still stand united. I just hope the racial tension at the moment will not stop us campaigning as one.
We fight for knife crime awareness and to keep our fallen angels memories alive forever.