Grieving mum’s knife warning

Sam Brown mark his 21st birthday with the unveiling of a new headstone at his grave in Carleton Crematorium
Sam Brown mark his 21st birthday with the unveiling of a new headstone at his grave in Carleton Crematorium
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THE grieving mum of a Blackpool teen who was stabbed to death has warned the resort’s children they “could end up dead” if they continue to play with deadly weapons.

Devastated Pat Brown’s appeal comes after The Gazette revealed children as young as 11 have been found to arm themselves with knives in the resort.

Mrs Brown, whose 16-year-old son Sam was killed near his Grange Park home five years ago, said lenient sentences give the wrong message about the dangers of weapons.

Her warning comes after The Gazette revealed yesterday police seized an arsenal of deadly weapons from Blackpool residents in the last year including knives, firearms, knuckledusters and metal nunchunks.

Mrs Brown said: “It’s shocking children as young as 11 or 12 are taking weapons out. They are probably copying the older ones.

“They don’t realise that if they pull a knife out on someone, they can get the weapon off them and use it on them - they could end up dead.

“I don’t know how the police can get on top of it, they can’t stop and search everybody.”

Sam’s killer Thomas Knowles was jailed for a minimum of six years in 2008 after pleading guilty to manslaughter and is now up for parole in December.

Mrs Brown hopes to attend the parole hearing to tell the authorities why she thinks Knowles should remain locked up.

Blackpool Police say a lot of their work involves education and prevention and they have delivered knife crime presentations to school pupils across the Fylde coast.

Mrs Brown, 50, of Park Road, Blackpool, whose own husband Mark was jailed for the murder of Jamie McBride, who died in 2000 from a single stab wound to the chest, added: “I understand what victim’s families go through. I have to visit my son’s grave and walk away and leave him.”

With this in mind, Mrs Brown added: “I don’t think Mark should be released for what he has done either.”