Overwhelmed by support for knife campaign

No Knives in Fife campaign - Campaign founder Amanda Scott
No Knives in Fife campaign - Campaign founder Amanda Scott
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A mother whose children were stabbed to death in one of Levenmouth’s most brutal crimes has lent her support to a new local campaign.

June Martin is one of over 2220 people who have signed the ‘No Knives in Fife’ website set up by Kennoway mum Amanda Scott, following the tragic death of Connor Cleave in Methilhill.

The 17-year-old died following an incident in Simon Crescent on April 8 and his family has also backed the campaign.

Amanda (32) said: “I went along to Simon Crescent to lay flowers for Connor and thought ‘there’s got to be something more that could and should be done’.”

As a result, on Sunday, April 13, the mum-of three established a Facebook campaign in a bid to raise awareness of knife crime and its consequences.

The response in just over a week has been staggering, with around 2230 likes.

“My phone has gone into overdrive,’’ she said.

“Online, people have been telling me their own experiences or simply wishing me good luck.

“Obviously, I thought there was a crisis here in Fife and found there were no charities dealing with this problem.

“The response has been phenomenal. I wake up in the morning to find another 3-400 names on the facebook page.”

Amanda, who has previously worked as a volunteer for charities including LOST (Lee O’Brien Trust) hopes the campaign can lead to attempts to educate school children on the dangers of knife crime.

She intends to visit local police and Levenmouth Community Safety Panel members this week to take the campaign forward.

“The stark reality is that when knives are involved the chances of something happening to you go up ten-fold,” she said.

“The message from people is clear that they would like some kind of support group set up in Fife.”

The consequences of knife crime are only too raw for June Martin (53), who says she will never get over the deaths of her children at the hands of her former husband Rab Thomson.

In May 2008, he stabbed their disabled 25 year-old daughter Michelle 12 times and little brother Ryan (7) 14 times at their Buckhaven home in revenge for his wife finally leaving their brutal marriage.

Although Thomson was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 17 years the nightmare continues for June.

She said: “Knife crime happens in a few minutes of anger and rage which ends up in heartbreak for the loved ones who are left to deal with total devastation to their life.

“Much more needs to be done to keep Fife safe for every young person. I support Amanda fully in this campaign.”

To join the campaign, visit: www.facebook.com/groups/485072591619201/