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Luton mum joins campaign to drive out knife crime

A mother from Luton whose son was murdered in a frenzied knife attack has joined other families who have lost loved ones to violent crime in a powerful new music video.

Roseann Taylor's son 18-year-old Azaan Kaleem died in an unprovoked stabbing in March last year in broad daylight.

In Hertfordshire there were 608 offences, according to the Office for National Statistics Credit: Project Ceasefire

According to the Office for National Statistics, Bedfordshire police recorded 688 offences involving a knife for the year ending June 2019.

In Hertfordshire, there were 608 offences. There were 565 offences involving a knife in Northamptonshire and 402 offences in Cambridgeshire.

Now, campaigners have launched Project Ceasefire to encourage young people to stay away from bladed weapons

Bedfordshire police recorded 688 offences involving a knife for the year ending June 2019 Credit: Project Ceasefire

Roseann has taken part in the campaign, which aims to bring together families who have been affected by violent crime and to help prevent young people from picking up a weapon through the power of music.

Roseann is now an Outreach Support Worker for children and young adults at risk of gang exploitation.

She says her son, AJ, was carrying a knife the day he was stabbed - but he never reached for it during the attack - it only gave him a false sense of security.

Her message is plain and simple - don't carry a knife.

There were 565 offences involving a knife in Northamptonshire and 402 offences in Cambridgeshire Credit: Project Ceasefire