Suffolk

Stab victim's sister begins knife campaign

  • 22 September 2010
  • From the section Suffolk
Holly Watson
Image caption Holly Watson was 16 when her brother was stabbed to death in Sudbury

The sister of a man who was stabbed to death in a Suffolk town has begun a campaign to get knives off the streets.

Lewis Watson, 23, of Rubens Walk, Sudbury, was stabbed in Cavendish Way, Sudbury, on 26 September 2009 following a night out in the town.

Holly Watson, 17, now wants to see more people searched for knives.

She said: "If Lewis had been punched three times instead of stabbed three times he would still be alive today."

Jailed for life

Holly said of her brother's death: "I was 16 years old when that happened. To get a phone call in the middle of the night to say your brother has been stabbed was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with.

"But I can't consume myself with grief and upset. I need to now move forward and do something and make sure his death wasn't in vain and I'm doing something in his memory."

She is also appealing for people to back her bid to be selected for a television programme called Battlefront which gives young people the chance to turn their ideas into campaigns.

Andrew Rowlands, 27, of The Croft, Sudbury, was jailed for life earlier this year for Mr Watson's murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 17 years.

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