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Editorial comment: It's time to act on scourge of stabbings

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 January 2018

Tyler Dawson critically ill in hospital after being stabbed.

Tyler Dawson critically ill in hospital after being stabbed.

Supplied by Tyler's family

It is heartbreaking to hear mum Kerry Dawson describe the brutal stabbing of her eldest son in the Post this week.

No mother should have to endure the agony that Kerry did and it was a brave decision for her to release the shocking images of her son Tyler critically ill in hospital.

The Post took the tough call to publish these pictures as we back Kerry’s appeal for action.

As she talked to me from the sofa of her home in Dagenham, it was hard not to reflect on the utter senselessness of what happened to her son.

Tyler will never walk again and another teenager will spend many years in jail, a tough sentence that was rightly deserved and welcomed by Tyler’s family.

I was in court as both the relatives of Tyler and his attacker, Ce-jay Furzer, sat in the public gallery. It was clear that two family’s lives have been completely torn apart by the brutal actions of that summer’s day last June. Surely there is more as a society that we can do to persuade teenagers not to carry knives?

Knife attacks are increasingly affecting the young people of our community, those aged 25 and under.

Sadly, there are no quick fixes to tackling youth violence. It will take investment in hard-up communities, social change, a steely determination from the courts to tough sentencing. Yet there has been ringing silence from government.

They must listen to mum’s like Kerry when she poses radical ideas like the return of national service. Too many young lives have been lost to stabbings and it must stop.

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