Westminster was taken over yesterday by large groups of bereaved parents from across England, including mothers from Romford who form part of ‘Operation Shutdown’.
The group assembled outside Downing Street on Wednesday April 17 to peacefully protest about the horrific ongoing knife crime attacks taking place not just across London, but across the whole of the country.
The parents moved from Downing Street to Whitehall where they paid tribute to knife crime victim PC Keith Palmer with a minute silence and then move across to Westminster Bridge where they will safely make their protest known.
A spokesperson for Operation Shutdown told The Enquirer: “The Government are yet to give this crisis enough care, or the proportionate attention it deserves.
“They also have not allocated substantial measures and funding to effectively tackle this, head on.
“And after the extreme disappointment of the Government’s recent Knife Crime Summit, in which many who are directly and indirectly affected, felt it was non-conclusive and with responsibility being passed onto under pressure, nurses, teachers, police and charity front line workers.”
One of the mothers protesting is Romford resident Peguy Kato whose son Champion was murdered in Forest Gate.
Champion had been visiting friends when he was attacked by a group of boys and fatally stabbed. Peguy recalls the horrifying moment she watched the video of her seventeen year old son collapse on the floor and die of stab wounds.
“All I could see was darkness. I thought the world was finished, that tomorrow was never going to come. When I saw the video in court I had no words.
“I was at home when it happened. My son had tried to run away and in the video I saw him walking then falling on the ground and die.
“I wanted to be there for him. To hold his hand, to pray with him but I never had that chance. I couldn’t see his body as it went to the coroner.”
The Romford mum has now dedicated her life in trying to help other teenagers and families from becoming victims of knife crime and set up a ‘Champion’s Charity’ and spends her life helping other families to avoid going through the heartbreak she has endured.
“I want to help other families, to work with people in prisons to try and make a difference.
“Since Champion died I have learnt a lot and I realise just how vital communication is. We must talk openly to our children, we must be close to them and listen to them. we need to make that change.”
Peguy is one of the many parents who is making her voice heard across Westminster in the hope that changes can now be made.