Saturday 13th October 2007 meeting 12noon at Forest ground.
People came together in Nottingham today to voice their opposition against the city's gun crime and gang culture problems. The families of victims of violent crimes, such as the killing of Nathan Williams in the Meadows last year came together to call for 'Peace And Unity' and to put an 'End To The Killings'.
Speakers also included Paula Platt, who lost her 14 year old daughter Danielle in 2004 as she walked through the St Anns area after the Goose Fair in October 2004. Sarah Wallace, who lost her 20 year old son Daniel over a year ago in a stabbing in Radford, any so many others ..... The list of sad parents is just too long. Added urgency to the proceeding, since there was yet another shooting in the St Anns area just this last thursday. As the crowds had gathered, silence was observed with thoughts of those, so affected.
The march started at the Forest Recreation Ground around midday and made its way to the city centre along Mansfield Road, and gathered more folks on the way. The march was very loud and cheerful and attracted a lot of attention.
You will see from the links below, the issue is ongoing. After the shooting of Danielle Beccan, 'Nottingham Stands Together' [on gun crime] campaign attracted thousands to the Market Square. Digitaries attended, speeches made, actions promised. .... Here was are again. I don't expect this will be the last such gathering of sad parents.
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Shooting of Danielle Beccan :: Nottinghamshire Police Press Conf
Nottingham and More Guns
Nottingham Stands Together [on gun crime]
Danielle Beccan Funeral
'Armed turnout' of Nottinghamshire Police. [another false alarm]
Gun Crime and Police response - Collected Links
Operation 'Real Estate' - Nottinghamshire Police
Mothers Against Guns
Gun crime in Nottingham - Young, Gifted, Dead, Poster
Protest at Heckler & Koch weapons manufacturers HQ in Nottingham
Photographer - Media: One Eye on the Road. Nottingham. UK
Collected Web: http://tinyurl.com/ynttvo
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