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Knife crime campaigner Yvonne Lawson shows support for Enfield MP's amendment with letter to Prime Minister David Cameron
A prominent campaigner against knife crime in the borough has offered her support in favour of the campaign led by two local MPs to amend a proposed law.
Yvonne Lawson, who lost her son Godwin, 17, in 2010 when he was stabbed in Amhurst Park, London, has fought since his death to change knife crime in Enfield.
Having set up the Godwin Lawson foundation and started a new scheme to help turn teenagers into leaders, Mrs Lawson has now shown her support for the amendment tabled by Enfield North MP Nick de Bois and Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes.
The pair is hoping to amend the Criminal Courts and Justice Bill impose a mandatory four-month detention order for those under18 carrying a knife for a second time.
The Enfield Independent launched an anti-knife campaign ‘Don’t Carry Don’t Kill’, which was taken up by Mr de Bois and later enshrined into law in December 2012 - dubbed the ‘Enfield Law’.
In her letter to Prime Minister, Mrs Lawson believes that not just education is needed to prevent knife crime but “robust legislation.
She wrote: “I believe that to deal with this awful knife culture, we need a combination of measures and strategies including firmer and robust legislation.
“I observed that most young people are aware of the leniency of the law, consequently leading to a blatant disregard of the impact of their actions and the judicial consequences.”
“Mandatory Sentencing for a second offence of carrying a knife will send an important message that society will have zero tolerance to this unacceptable behaviour.”
Currently, Liberal Democrats chiefs are against the proposed bill and do not believe a mandatory custodial sentence will be curb knife crime.
The amendment proposed by the MPs will be debated after the Queen’s Speech.
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