Widow’s safety fight pledge

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THE widow of a father-of-two murdered at a Jessie J gig has vowed to continue her safety campaign.

Ashley Charles, 26, slashed the throat of Philip Sheriff, 37, in front of hundreds of revellers in London on April 3.

Partygoers desperately tried to save Mr Sheriff, from Scorton, near Garstang, but he died four days later.

Mr Sheriff’s widow Jane has started a campaign, named Bottlestop, to ban glass bottles from late-night city centre bars.

A petition set up in her name attracted the 100,000 signatures necessary to trigger a debate in Parliament.

Speaking after the trial, Mrs Sheriff said: “I’ve always known that whatever the outcome nothing will fill the massive hole left in my life when Philip was so brutally taken away from us.

“I will be fighting hard to ensure no other family experiences the hell that we’ve been put through. Now I face the challenge of moving on to the next chapter in my life.”

Charles denied murder and claimed he had only lashed out because he feared Mr Sheriff was going to attack him. But he was convicted following a two-week trial at the Old Bailey and jailed for life with a minimum term of 14 years on Friday.

Judge Paul Worsley told him: “You destroyed by your actions so much that was good in that family.”

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