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THE horrific effects of knife crime can destroy an entire family – not just the tragic victim.
Few people are more aware of this than Linda O’neill.
When her nephew Simon Henderson was murdered in 2002 it was the trigger for a series of heartbreaking events.
Since Simon died, so too have his mum, dad and brother.
Linda, 61, sees so many other families facing the torment hers has endured. And she has spoken out to slam the Government for continually failing to stem the bloodshed on our streets.
She believes violence has spiralled out of control as a result of policing cutbacks and soft sentences.
Linda said: “Britain is lawless and MPS in the House of Commons do nothing but drink in their cheap bars. They’ve done nothing. It’s a disgrace.
“I feel sorry for the police, they’re doing all they can.
“Convicted killers live a better life than they would on the outside.
“Their families know they will walk free one day. Their victims don’t have that comfort. You’re scared to put the TV on. Every time the news comes on there’s another victim.
“When I see a victim all I can think about is the family having to hear the news their family member has died, the feeling of losing someone special. I think about them having to go to a coroner’s court and look at a body on a table.”
Linda spoke as it emerged 5,053 people were admitted to hospital with stab wounds in the past year.
It was up 14 per cent on 2016/17 and a surge of 39 per cent on 2014/15.
Violent crime was up nearly 20 per cent during the same period, while Government funding for police has been slashed by 30 per cent since 2010.
And this week a boy of 16 became the year’s 250th knife fatality, the fifth person stabbed to death in six days in London alone.
Simon, 21, was knifed in the neck by thug Somir Akbar close to the lift of a block of flats as he went to visit his diabetic father William.
When William, 52, was told he was dead in the hospital he cried out “Oh my God” then had a massive heart attack and collapsed on the waiting room floor.
He died a week later, shortly after returning home.
Two years after Simon’s murder his brother Stephen, 24, was so consumed with grief he took an overdose.
Their mum Kay found his body surrounded by family photos with a note that read: “I’m sorry, Mum, I can’t go on without my brother and Dad.”
Now Linda, Kay’s twin sister, has AMAZON has removed a deadly arsenal of zombie knives, machetes and pocket blades that were available to children on its site.
Our probe found weaponry was being ordered with no age checks for as little as £20 – despite a supposed UK crackdown on selling blades to youngsters two years ago.
Zombie knives are meant to be banned on the UK site but could be bought on its US site, where international delivery is advertised.
At least eight product lines – one promising “brute chopping and slashing power” – have now been removed from Amazon Marketplace.
But the web giant faces a battle to stop rogue vendors re-listing them. Our findings will also spark further calls for tighter regulation. Labour’s Louise Haigh said: “Platforms cannot continue to duck their responsibilities. They need to divert just a small fraction of their enormous profits to introducing proper age verification technology.” Knives bought on the site have already been used lethally. In 2014, the 16-year-old killer of schoolboy Bailey Gwynne in Aberdeen used a knife bought on Amazon before the UK crackdown and delivered without an age check. Amazon said: “Marketplace sellers must follow our guidelines. The products in question are no longer available.” revealed how Kay was so consumed with grief she locked herself away for more than 15 years, refusing to leave her home. Just as she was venturing out and beginning to rebuild her life she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and died in September. Linda, a former receptionist, said: “When that boy killed Simon he murdered our whole family. It had a domino effect that ruined our lives. “Kay became a recluse for 15 years. She wouldn’t leave the flat where she had a shrine to her family – the ashes
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