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Knife bins welcomed by mums of teenage stabbing victims

"Choose life. Drop the knife," says banner on knife bin

02 November, 2018 — By Emily Finch

TWO mothers who lost their sons to knife crime have welcomed a new knife bin in Tollington Park.

The bin, outside St Mellitus Church, means those who carry a weapon can safely dispose of it with no fear of being watched by cameras.

Jessica Plummer, whose 17-year-old son Shaquan Sammy- Plummer was murdered three years ago, spoke on the steps of the church on Sunday, supported by Jenny Appleton, mother of Stefan Appleton, a 17- year-old Canonbury student stabbed to death three years ago in Nightingale Park.

Standing in front of a banner reading “Choose Life. Drop The Knife”, she sent a message that everyone, including parents and young people, has a part to play in preventing further killings in London.

Ms Plummer, of Parkview Crescent, Finsbury Park, told the Tribune: “Everybody should be given more information about the bin to allow children to come and do whatever they have to do. We need to make children know it is here.”

Funding of £9,300 for the knife bin supplied by charity Words 4 Weapons covers its use for three years. The church and the charity are working alongside local shops and schools to raise awareness.

The bin was paid for with donations from Cripplegate Foundation, Islington Council, Catholic charity Caritas and through a crowdfunding drive.

Tottenham MP David Lammy, police officers and parishioners joined the moving event at the weekend.

Percy Aggett, volunteer on the justice and peace committee at the Catholic church, said: “It’s important because there is a tsunami of young people losing their lives across London. The community should do a lot of different things together.”

Canon John O’Leary said: “The event was one of sombre reflection and of hope that there is a better future.”

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