Suffolk

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens: Youth centre opens to honour stab victim

Helen Forbe, Fabio Wardley and Neville Aitken
Image caption Reflections youth club was opened by Helen Forbe, heavyweight boxer Fabio Wardley and Tavis' father Neville Aitkens

A youth centre has opened in honour of a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed 15 times in gang-related violence.

Tavis Spencer-Aitkens died in hospital after the attack on 2 June 2018, in Ipswich, Suffolk.

His father, Neville Aitkens, said the Reflections youth club at Nansen Road Baptist Church would "break down barriers".

"It's sad it's taken a bad event to make something good happen," he said.

Three men and a teenager were found guilty of Tavis' murder in March.

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Image caption Tavis Spencer-Aitkens loved reggae and R&B his father said

Mr Aitkens said the centre, which is free and open to eight to 16-year-olds in the area, will "bring everyone together".

He believes Tavis would have been "over the moon" with the new club, adding: "Everyone is welcome."

Image caption Jade Potts, 14, said there was not a lot to do in the area, the club was a good start

Helen Forbe, Neville's partner, said they have had a lot of support from the community who have told her "we should never have lost youth clubs".

Jade Potts, 14, said: "I think this is going to be awesome, it is going to be a good way to keep people off the streets and its going to be a lot of fun as well."

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