Family of Darren Croxton make stand against knife crime

Darren Croxton
Darren Croxton

FRIENDS and family of a Hailsham man who was stabbed to death have set up a campaign against knife crime and are planning a peaceful march along Eastbourne seafront.

Darren Croxton, a 25-year-old father of one, was killed on January 22 following a fight in Bramble Drive.

Crowds recently mourned his death at a Hellingly Church and now hundreds of people have joined a Facebook group called Against Knife Crime to raise awareness in Darren’s memory.

They have also planned a peaceful march from midday at Eastbourne Pier on April 9.

The people behind the campaign are hoping to organise a knife amnesty and are looking at the possibility of setting up bins for people to dump their knives.

They are also hoping to raise money with a car boot sale.

Kate Wheeler, a member of the Facebook group appealed to people to get behind the campaign and show their support.

She posted a message on the social networking site which said, “Please, please keep helping and giving.

“We need it. We need to pull together and make this all happen. It can’t if we don’t have you.

“Bring everyone you know, tell everyone you know, get them all involved.

“Let’s make this happen. Remember why we are doing this.”

The family of Darren Croxton say they are behind the campaign.

Stephen Rew, the husband of Darren’s mother, said, “Anything that can help raise the profile and highlight knife crime issues is a good thing.

“I think the government should give tougher sentences to people who carry knifes and this campaign can only help.

“We are supporting it and trying to spread the word on Facebook.”

There are nearly 400 members of the Facebook group.

To find out more, search for Against knife Crime on Facebook.

• A 16-YEAR-OLD boy charged with the murder of Darren Croxton is due appear at Lewes Crown Court today (Wednesday March 7).

Four other males who were arrested, but have not been charged, have been rebailed until March 29.