Murder victim’s parents help scan at knife arch

PUBLISHED: 11:08 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 10:33 12 August 2010

THE parents of murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox joined police as they searched revellers for carrying knives.

THE parents of murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox joined police as they searched revellers for carrying knives.

It is the latest initiative Colin and Sally Knox have lent their support to since their 18-year-old son was stabbed to death in May 2008 outside the Metro Bar, Sidcup.

Rob Knox, a former student at Bromley-based D&B School of Performing Arts, played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before his murder.

The couple recently announced plans for a Rob Knox bursary at the drama school to help others follow "Rob's dream".

But last Friday they joined officers from North Kent Police officers as they patrolled Dartford, testing people under a portable metal detector archway.

Mr Knox said: "I am not worried about knives per say I am worried about the knife carrier, it is they who should be taken off the street. Really what we are advocating is a deterrent.

"The biggest complaint we have about the current situation is we feel that anyone carrying a weapon should receive a mandatory six month jail sentence."

As part of the Tackling Knives Action Programme, officers used the archway to scan for weapons, while the Ion Track tested for drug use. Sniffer dogs were also used to test for both as people entered pubs and clubs.

Police arrested three people for possession of drugs, four for being drunk and disorderly and one person each for theft, criminal damage and drink driving. Four were arrested for public order offences.

Mr Knox, of Ingress Park, Greenhithe, added: "If you are not carrying drugs with you or a knife you have nothing to fear."

Speaking about the drama school scholarship, he added: "Rob had that special something that made him stand out from the crowd. We want to find that special something in a student."

The drama school scholarship will allow an aspiring young performer to take a three-year musical theatre course, worth £775 per term.

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