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JJ Mcphillips: Murder victim’s mother wins battle over posters

Michelle McPhillips said she struggled to get permission to display appeals, after her son was stabbed to death in Upper Street earlier this year

03 November, 2017

Mum Michelle McPhillips at the scene of the stabbing: ‘It’s been very difficult for me to get posters up’

A GRIEVING mother whose son was stabbed to death in Upper Street earlier this year has finally been given permission to display police appeal posters at the scene of the attack.

Jonathon “JJ” McPhillips, 28, was stabbed outside the town hall in February. No one has been charged over the attack.

His mother, Michelle McPhillips, said she struggled to get permission to display the posters, which went up last week but can only be seen for 14 days.

“I’ve put up 40 to 50 posters. It’s been very difficult for me to get the posters up. When my son was murdered I was told people didn’t want the posters up because it makes them feel uncomfortable,” said Ms McPhillips.

‘JJ’ McPhillips, stabbed in Upper Street

“I first approached the police about the posters but they said it was nothing to do with them. I then approached the Town Hall. They said it was about London Transport. I’ve been going round in a circle.

“But they’ve come through for me and I’m grateful.”

Ms McPhillips has moved out of the borough to start a new life by the sea following her son’s death.

“It’s made me look at people in a totally different way. They [JJ’s attackers] could be walking past me every day,” she said.

Anyone with information about JJ’s death is urged to contact the police incident room on 020 8345 3775. To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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