Knife crime has de­stroyed 100s of fam­i­lies like mine... and MPS have done noth­ing

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of Si­mon, Wil­liam and Stephen and pho­tos. Last sum­mer I fi­nally got her to leave the house. She didn’t recog­nise things out­side her home be­cause she hadn’t been out for so long. She had for­got­ten the build­ings.

“She was con­vinced her fam­ily would come walk­ing through the door. She couldn’t ac­cept they had gone.

“And she was ter­ri­fied Si­mon’s killer would come back and find her too.” Si­mon was knifed four times as he waited for the lift to take him to the 12th floor of a block where his sick fa­ther lived. Ak­bar, 19, claimed Si­mon had in­sulted him or his friends as he cy­cled past. They chased him and crept up from be­hind as he waited for the lift. Ak­bar slashed his throat twice and Si­mon, who was to start his new job as a post­man the next day, bled to death by the lift shaft. Af­ter the mur­der, Ak­bar watched the film Amer­i­can Psy­cho, star­ring Chris­tian Bale as a mass-mur­der­ing busi­ness­man.

Si­mon was at­tacked just feet from St Ge­orge’s School in Maida Vale, West Lon­don, where head­mas­ter Philip Lawrence had been stabbed to death pro­tect­ing a pupil in 1995.

Moroc­can-born Ak­bar was jailed for life at the Old Bai­ley for what the judge de­scribed as “a mind­less and sav­age killing for kicks”.

Kay, who was due to re­marry her ex-hus­band, be­lieved Ak­bar should have been charged with two counts of mur­der – Si­mon’s and Wil­liam’s.

She died in Septem­ber a year af­ter doc­tors found can­cer had spread across her body, hav­ing re­cently ap­plied for a pass­port and was plan­ning a fam­ily holiday to Egypt.

Her loved ones are now speak­ing out in frus­tra­tion and dis­be­lief at the sheer scale of the na­tion’s knife crime epi­demic.

Linda, whose chil­dren Katie, 34, and Shel­ley, 36, also strug­gled to cope with the fam­ily’s tragedies, said: “When Kay lost Si­mon she was in a daze all the time.

“She wouldn’t leave the house. We did ev­ery­thing. She would get the shop­ping de­liv­ered to the house and she wouldn’t ask the doc­tor for help. “She was in a ter­ri­ble de­pres­sion but didn’t ask for help. She just suf­fered in si­lence.” He mur­dered Urg­ing peo­ple to wake up to the hor­ror of knife our whole fam­ily. crime and how much dam­age it can cause, she It had a domino added: “Any­one who leaves the house needs ef­fect to stop and think. “They need to think about if their brother, sis­ter, mum or dad was killed. It could be their fam­ily.”

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