Pal’s cam­paign at­tracts wave of lo­cal sup­port

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ONE of the fam­ily friends of Ed­die O’Rourke pro­foundly af­fected by his death was 22-yearold Louis Bam­ber whose Life Your Life – Drop The Knife cam­paign sparked a wave of sup­port from res­i­dents shar­ing his con­cern about blade-re­lated crime in Runcorn.

The young busi­ness­man said res­i­dents were ‘fed up’ with vi­o­lent crime but that it was the pub­lic who had the most ‘pow­er­ful voice’ to change things for the bet­ter.

In the short time since Ed­die’s death on Septem­ber 7, Louis has helped to or­gan­ise the balloon re­lease at the Town Park on Septem­ber 15 and he has also started dis­cus­sions with the po­lice and Halton Coun­cil over what can be done to re­duce the level of vi­o­lent crime and im­prove ac­cess to youth fa­cil­i­ties, with dreams of an off-road mo­tor­bike track for young rid­ers now brew­ing.

On Face­book, the cam­paign has at­tracted 2,200 likes and its posters can now be seen ● far and wide, in­clud­ing on bus stops and the area’s busi­nesses.

Louis said the pub­lic’s re­sponse has been ‘phe­nom­e­nal’ and the cam­paign al­ready has the ba­sic struc­ture in place to build on its early sup­port.

He added: “We have a com­mit­tee and we’re work­ing as a team and we will do our best along­side res­i­dents to help beat knife crime.

“We’ve hit the ground run­ning and I’ve been to ev­ery sin­gle busi­ness with a poster and ev­ery busi­ness is 110% be­hind us. They live here as well, they have chil­dren as well.

“There’s no more pow­er­ful voice than the voice of the peo­ple who live here.

“Peo­ple are fed up, I was fed up watch­ing our com­mu­nity fall to its knees. When the com­mu­nity does stand up and take ac­tion, that’s the best.

“It’s run by the com­mu­nity for the com­mu­nity and who could be bet­ter?” ● SEARCH for Live Your Life – Drop The Knife on Face­book or livey­ourlife­

Louis Bam­ber

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