Alan Cartwright killing sparks Mother’s Day anti-knife march through Islington
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A march could take place through Islington on Mother’s Day in protest at the explosion of youth violence that has rocked the borough.
An online outpouring of grief has taken place among residents in the aftermath of the fatal stabbing of Alan Cartwright in Caledonian Road, Islington, on Friday.
On the same day a Facebook page, Islington Unites, was set up which has already gathered nearly 3,500 views.
Suggestions made by the community include a borough-wide curfew, parents patrolling the streets at night and an anti-knife crime really.
Samantha Galbally, 35, who launched the page, said: “I set it up after hearing about Alan.
“I didn’t know that lad, although my mum’s from the Cally, but it touched my heart.
“I thought enough is enough.
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“Writing on a Facebook wall is respectful, but it doesn’t do anything.
“We’re not sure what or how we are going to change things.
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“People have made suggestions of a curfew - or groups of parents on night patrols questioning these kids.
“A lot of people are saying there needs to be more youth groups, things for them to do.”
Miss Galbally said as a youth, growing up on the Andover Estate, off Seven Sisters Road, Holloway, if her mum caught her sneaking out to the nearby Sobell centre, she would get such a rollicking she would never dream of doing it again.
“Back then people were more scared of their parents,” she said.
“There’s a lot of talk about not grassing, but I think they should be more scared of their mum and dad than people on the street.
“You have to speak up, even if there’s a danger.
“You’d want someone else to if it was your sister of brother.”
“It’s our kids doing this - not just the victims but the crimes.
“Everyone says ‘it’s not my kids’ but it’s someone’s. They’re not coming from outside the borough to do it.
“I’m a mum and parents need to acknowledge that.”
The Islington Council worker says she is trying to use the amazing response the campaign has received to arrange a rally on March 15.
“I thought Mother’s Day would be poignant, if we can get it arranged in time,
“People are saying ‘Islington’s getting too bad’ and they’re moving out. I don’t want to move out. This is my borough, I grew up here and I want to raise my kids here.
“But I want them to be safe.
“People say there’s no community in Islington anymore. Well I see different - and this Facebook page proves it.”