We need to make changes. Our children are dying on the streets. We demand a six month sentence for
PUBLISHED: 11:10 26 October 2009 | UPDATED: 10:22 12 August 2010
THE parents of some of the most high-profile victims of knife crime joined your campaigning Times at a special event to promote awareness about youth violence
THE parents of some of the most high-profile victims of knife crime joined your campaigning Times at a special event to promote awareness about youth violence.
The Rob Knox Charity Dinner raised £25,000 and was held in memory of the murdered actor Robert Knox, 18.
The 18-year-old who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was stabbed to death outside the Metro Bar, Sidcup, last year.
Colin and Sally Knox, the parents of the Bromley-based D&B School of Performing Arts student, were joined by others affected by horrific murders.
The Kentish Times series was invited to the event held at the club's ground and in conjunction with their Street Violence Ruins Lives campaign.
We were given access due to our close links with these families whose lives have been destroyed by knife crime.
Colin Knox, 55, said: "The support we have received has been amazing. Through Rob's link with Harry Potter we are being listened to.
"We need to make changes. Our children are dying on the streets. The support from everyone, including Kentish Times Newspapers, is desperately important. This event is not just about raising money for the Rob Knox Memorial Fund. It is about pushing for a six month mandatory sentence for knife carriers and is just one in a number of campaigns around the country."
He added: "We are joined by other families who have lost loved ones and together have also formed Families United."
Following a meeting with Prime Minister Gordon Brown earlier this year Mr Knox hopes to meet Conservative leader David Cameron to discuss the possibility of tougher sentences.
The event last Thursday was sponsored by the Daily Mirror as part of the Stop Knives, Save Lives campaign and attended by Sky Sports News.