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MetiNews.Com - Five mums who lost their sons to knife crime in London between 2010 and 2020 have shared their stories
Breaking News ! Get FREE email updates for South LondonInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.I'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. OurPrivacy Noticeexplains more about how we use your data, and your rights. You can unsubscribe at any time.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticeArchie Beston's mum has revealed she woke up on the night the 19-year-old was fatally stabbed sensing that something had happened to him. The teenager was out with friends in Kingston when he saw a van being deliberately driven towards another 19-year-old man on Clarence Street at 3.40am on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Tyrone Bryan was a passenger in the van and in the aftermath of it being driven at the young man he got out of it and fatally stabbed Archie.. Police officers and members of the public fought to save Archie’s life before the arrival of paramedics. He was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service, but he died six days later. Holding up a picture of her son at the launch of a hard-hitting campaign on Thursday (April 8), Archie’s mum Becky Beston called for “zero tolerance” on knife crime, with tougher sentences for those caught carrying a blade. Becky Beston says those involved in knife crime deserve "severe punishment" (Image: PA Wire/PA Images) Referring to the picture, she said: “This is my son Archie, he is 19 and he is going to be forever 19. “He is my only child and he was walking when he was stabbed. “[Knife crime] was never part of our world. He always had his wits about him. If this can happen to my Archie this can happen to you. “He’s my whole world, my Arch. We used to work together and travelled the world together, we enjoy each other’s company. “He’s only got one tattoo and it’s ‘Mum’." Archie Beston was his mum's best friend (Image: Family Handout) Becky heartbreakingly shared how she woke up on the night Archie was attacked and text him. She said: "I woke up that night at 3.50am and texted him, 'You still there son?' Archie's heart had stopped at 3.49am." A short while later there was a knock at the door from police to tell her Archie had been stabbed. Becky added: "I went to the hospital and a nurse said, 'trust me, you don’t want to see him.' They’d opened his ribcage to get his heart started. But he looked lovely, not a mark on him.
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Bryan, 20, of Ely Court in Kingston, also stabbed the man who had been driven at. He required hospital treatment for his injuries Bryan was found guilty of Archie's manslaughter and sentenced to 19 years in prison in October 2020. He was also sentenced to three years imprisonment for Section 20 GBH on the second victim, and 18 months for possession of an offensive weapon. The sentences will run concurrently. Becky is campaigning for whole-life sentences for anyone convicted of killing with a knife and an automatic five-year term for possession. “I don’t put lipstick in my pocket if I don’t intend to use it” adds Becky. “They need severe punishment. “It wasn’t my Archie who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, it was the pathetic coward who killed him. They came into Archie’s world not the other way around." For more news and features about London directly to your inbox sign up to our newsletter here . Becky was one of five mums to have lost their sons to knife crime in London between 2010 and 2020 who shared their stories as part of the Met Police and Crimestoppers campaign launched on Thursday. “We called nine or 10 times. He was never going to call back"
Chris Foster was stabbed to death leaving his mum Jean to look after his four-year-old daughter
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The mums have relived the hardest phone calls they had to make after their sons were stabbed to death. “The first person we called was Chris in the hope that they had got it all wrong,” explained Jean Foster. “The phone kept ringing and ringing and you came to the realisation that he was never going to come back." Chris Foster, 34, was stabbed him in the back outside a pub in Borough in 2010. He was targeted by a group of hooded men with bats and a knife as he enjoyed a last drink outside St Christopher's Inn in Borough High Street. However, the gang had got the wrong man and stabbed the single father with a 14 inch knife. Christoph er received open heart surgery in the pub for 89 minutes following the stabbing. He later died.
Jean Foster says "no one is safe if we keep quiet" on knife crime
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Jean added: “They told me Christopher had been murdered. “We called nine or 10 times. Slowly, we came to the realisation that he was never going to call back. "Can you imagine me telling a four-year-old why she has lost a parent. “People may think that keeping quiet keeps you out of their focus, but it empowers them. No one is safe if we keep quiet."
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