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Knox family praised for fight against knife crime

PUBLISHED: 16:41 08 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:58 08 September 2010

Colin Knox, Chief Constable Ian Learmonth and Sally Knox at Police Head Quarters in Maidstone

Colin Knox, Chief Constable Ian Learmonth and Sally Knox at Police Head Quarters in Maidstone

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Knife campaigner collects morale boosting award

The father of murdered Harry Potter actor Robert Knox has revealed he was close to quitting his campaign against knife crime before being honoured for his efforts.

Colin Knox of Ingress Park, Greenhithe was invited to Kent Police Headquarters on September 1 alongside his former wife Sally Knox to receive The Chief Constable’s Certificate of Merit.

The pair helped to launch the Guns and Knives Education Programme last year and supported Kent Police as part of the Tackling Knives Action Programme, going on patrol as part of a multi-agency operation in February this year.He said: “When you are doing this work you don’t really get any tangible feedback on whether it is having a positive effect. To receive this was very sweet.

“To be honest when I was told we had been nominated I was at a very low point and considering packing it in. It is very hard to balance with working full time.”

Teenager Robert Knox, an aspiring actor who appeared as Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince, was stabbed to death outside the Metro Bar in Sidcup in 2008.

Colin and Sally have since set up a trust which helps raise awareness of the issue as well as support schemes aimed at reducing knife crime.

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