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Football event in memory of murdered Harry Potter star

PUBLISHED: 16:35 12 August 2009 | UPDATED: 09:43 12 August 2010

MURDERED Harry Potter actor Rob Knox will be remembered at a charity dinner held by his favourite football team. The 18-year-old

MURDERED Harry Potter actor Rob Knox will be remembered at a charity dinner held by his favourite football team.

The 18-year-old was killed in May 2008 by evil Karl Bishop during a night out in Sidcup after intervening in a fight to protect his younger brother.

Football club Charlton Athletic - the team which Mr Knox supported - will host the event at their Valley stadium in October.

The south east London outfit were spurred into launching their Street Violence Ruins Lives campaign after the brutal murder which rocked the nation.

Mr Knox's father Colin, from Greenhithe, is on the steering committee of the initiative and is delighted that a dinner will be held at the Floyd Road venue to combat the terrible problem of knife crime, which has cost his family so much.

He told the official CAFC website: "The memorial night is going to be a very special event, and will also be important to raise funds to allow the campaign to do more work to tackle this social problem on our streets.

"Using The Valley for this dinner is important because Rob had so many good times here.

"This is a tremendous initiative by Charlton, and all Charlton fans are urged to support the campaign and are very welcome at the dinner."

Rob Knox played Marcus Belby in the hit film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince which has been adapted for the big screen from JK Rowling's novels.

His family attended a private screening of the movie ahead of the premiere in Trafalgar Square in London last month.

Many fans queuing on the opening night told the Times how the film would not just be remembered for another Harry Potter blockbuster.

Journalism student Mary Ann Russon, 24, from Higham said: "His memory will live on through this film. Knife crime is such a terrible thing and hopefully some people will take notice of the Rob Knox story."

Mr Knox who worked at Marks and Spencer in Bluewater, was given a posthumous award from North Kent Police for his role in catching two men who assaulted someone in the store.

The dinner takes place on October 15 at 7pm. For more information call 0781 3747842.

fintan.quinn@archant.co.uk

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