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Mizen mother meets son's mugger

Margaret Mizen, the mother of murdered schoolboy Jimmy Mizen. Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Margaret Mizen, the mother of murdered schoolboy Jimmy Mizen, has spoken of how she was moved to meet a knife-wielding attacker who mugged another of her sons.

She told the Sunday Mirror her youngest child, George, 15, was threatened by a teenage boy who told him he would stab him unless he handed over his over his iPhone and iPod, close to where Jimmy was attacked in Lee, south east London.

Mrs Mizen said she was saddened that the offender was heading down the same route as the youth who killed Jimmy in May 2008 and wanted to explain to him the pain he had caused.

Jimmy Mizen was killed in May 2008. Credit: Met Police

Jake Fahri is serving a life sentence for Jimmy's murder.

The Catholic schoolboy was killed the day after his 16th birthday at the Three Cooks' Bakery in Lee after Fahri went berserk and threw an oven dish at him.

It shattered on his chin - sending a one-and-a-half-inch shard of glass into his neck, where it severed vital blood vessels.

Stab victim's parents receive MBE

Just hours after celebrating his sixteenth birthday, Jimmy Mizen was attacked and killed after getting into an argument near his home in south London. The schoolboy's parents wanted his death to mark a turning point in the fight against teenage violence.

For nearly six years, Barry and Margaret Mizen have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of young people - and today were honoured with an MBE at Buckingham Palace. Here's our Senior Correspondent, Ronke Phillips.

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Jimmy Mizen's parents to receive MBEs

Margaret and Barry Mizen Credit: PA wire

The parents of the murdered teenager Jimmy Mizen are to receive an MBE for their work with young people at Buckingham Palace later.

Margaret and Barry Mizen worked tirelessly to raise young people's awareness of the consequences of violent crime, following the death of their son in 2008.

Read: Jimmy Mizen's parents make New Year's Honours list

Jimmy Mizen's parents "honoured" to receive MBEs

The parents of a teenager who was murdered in south east London have been awarded MBEs in the New Year honours.

Margaret and Barry Mizen say they're honoured to receive the titles for their charity work, but that it's "tinged with sadness" for the loss of 16 year old Jimmy who was killed in Lee in 2008.Piers Hopkirk went to meet them.

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Downing Street cleaners sweep up honours

Two Downing Street cleaners have been awarded for services to the Prime Minister's Office in the New Year Honours list.

Madeleine Josephine Hennell and Henrietta Shorter received British Empire Medals (BEMs) for their work cleaning one of the most famous addresses in the UK.

Madeleine Josephine Hennell and Henrietta Shorter have served for five Prime Ministers.
Madeleine Josephine Hennell and Henrietta Shorter have served for five Prime Ministers. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Both women have served under five Prime Ministers going back to Margaret Thatcher.

Read: Women outdo men on the New Year Honours list

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Actress Angela Lansbury's a genuine Hollywood Dame

Actress Angela Lansbury, who has been made a Dame of the British Empire, has her roots in London's East End despite a career that has seen her become a fixture in Hollywood and on Broadway.

Angela Lansbury is to become a Dame. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The 88-year-old actress is known to millions as the sleuth Jessica Fletcher in Murder, She Wrote but her career includes countless film roles including appearances in Bedknobs And Broomsticks, The Manchurian Candidate and alongside Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii.

Lansbury, who was previously awarded a CBE, was born in Poplar, east London, but moved to the US during the Second World War after the death of her father Edgar, who was a politician.

Her award, on the overseas list, was for "services to drama and to charitable work and philanthropy".

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Parents of murdered schoolboy receive MBEs

Barry and Margaret Mizen receive MBEs for services to young people. Credit: PA Wire

The parents of murdered 16-year-old schoolboy Jimmy Mizen said they are "honoured and humbled" to receive MBEs for services to young people in the 2014 New Year Honours list.

Jimmy was killed on May 10 2008 - the day after his 16th birthday - after he was attacked in Lee, south east London. Jake Fahri is serving a life sentence for his murder.

Since then, Barry and Margaret Mizen have battled to help make young people safer - including creating the Jimmy Mizen Foundation, which works to increase young people's awareness of the consequences of violent crime.

Mr Mizen said the award was not just a reward for him and his wife but for the whole family, who are all involved in some way in the foundation.

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Actress Penelope Keith to be made a Dame

Actress Penelope Keith says she had almost forgotten about being made a Dame after having to contend with no power at her Surrey home during the festive period.

The 73-year-old, known for her crisp diction and roles in sitcoms such as To The Manor Born and The Good Life, receives her honour for services to the arts and to charity

Actress Penelope Keith is to be made a Dame. Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Like many thousands of people, she and her husband Rodney were left without power, as a result of recent bad weather.

Their electricity went off on Christmas Eve and they feasted on sardines on toast for their festive meal on December 25.

Keith said of her honour: "It's the big one. I had already got an OBE and then a CBE, so I don't know what is better than the icing on the cake - but this is."

"I found out six weeks ago but the way it works is that they send you a letter and then you have to eat it and keep quiet on pain of death," she joked.

"And I must admit that when the electricity went off I rather forgot about it."

Honour in memory of murdered Jimmy

The parents of murdered 16-year-old schoolboy Jimmy Mizen have said receiving MBEs is not just an honour for them, but a reward for their whole family in his memory.

Barry Mizen said he and wife Margaret were both "honoured and humbled" to receive the awards in the 2014 New Year Honours.

The couple, whose son was killed in 2008, are given the honours for services to young people in recognition of the work they have done since their son's brutal murder.

Jimmy was killed on May 10 2008 - the day after his 16th birthday - after he was attacked in Lee, south east London. Jake Fahri is serving a life sentence for his murder.

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