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Nephew of anti-knife campaigner whose son was killed is stabbed to death 

A mother who became an anti-knife campaigner following her son's 'senseless' murder has suffered another tragedy after her 18-year-old nephew was stabbed to death. 

Caroline Shearer, 55, founded the charity Only Cowards Carry after her 17-year-old son Jay Whiston was murdered at a house party in 2012. 

Jay was stabbed in the heart at the party in Colchester after trying to defend a friend during a heated confrontation. 

But now she is grieving again after her nephew Luke Bellfield, 18, died from a single stab wound to the heart. 

The promising young boxer was knifed in an alleyway in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday and later died in hospital. 

Caroline Shearer, 55, with  her 17-year-old son Jay Whiston, who was murdered at a house party in 2012

Luke Bellfield, 18, died on Friday night after he was stabbed through the heart in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Luke was rushed to hospital, but the teenager, who won gold at the Three Nations tournament aged 15, died shortly afterwards. 

Four people have now been arrested in connection with the murder investigation into Luke's death. 

Mrs Shearer and her husband Michael, from Clacton-on-Sea, have paid tribute to their nephew.

She said: 'Luke was an outstanding member of the community. He was well-loved.

'He was doing his boxing and he was a very very much loved son. He was only 18 years old, and he had a bright future ahead of him.

'I just hope my Jay was there to look after him. This tribute goes out to the family from Mick and I. We're heartbroken for them.'

Earlier today, the Prime Minister said the Government was aiming to recruit thousands more police officers to tackle violent crime, after MP Sir David Amess asked what was being done to end 'senseless' violence in the wake of Mr Bellfield's killing.

Addressing MPs in the Commons, Boris Johnson said: 'I sympathise very much with Luke's family, his friends and there's nothing I can say to alleviate their loss.

'What we are doing is recruiting many more police officers to fight crime, rounding up county lines drug gangs wherever we can and setting out plans to keep serious sexual and violent offenders behind bars for longer.'

Jay's funeral in 2012. Edward Redman , then 18, was jailed for life for the murder of Mrs Shearer's son and she vowed to battle the scourge of knife crime in her son's memory

Jay was stabbed in the heart at the party in Colchester in 2012, after trying to defend a friend during a heated confrontation

Edward Redman, then 18, was jailed for life for the murder of Mrs Shearer's son and she vowed to battle the scourge of knife crime in her son's memory.  

Only Cowards Carry has educated more than 20,000 schoolchildren about the dangers of carrying knives since it was founded.

The charity worked with Essex Police on a knife bin campaign, which has seen thousands of weapons taken off the streets.

The organisation was forced to close in 2019 due to lack of funding, but Mrs Shearer is now ready to restart the fight. 

Only Cowards Carry has educated more than 20,000 schoolchildren about the dangers of carrying knives since it was founded

Essex Police officers had to disperse a crowd who gathered on Saturday following the death of Mr Bellfield 

Mrs Shearer added: 'Everyone has got to be educated. People have to start realising what they are doing. It's time to turn the tables.

'They can't just keep ruining lives. They've not just ruined their lives, they have ruined the lives of everybody in that family.

'It's been very difficult for us to go back there. It's one of the things you hate to say, 'I know what you're going through'. I'm going to start up the fight again and we will get there.'

Four people remain in police custody over the death of Luke Bellfield.

Yesterday Essex Police confirmed they had arrested a 17-year-old from Leigh-on-Sea in connection with the inquiry.

A 17-year-old from Kent who also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and the theft of a motor vehicle. Two 20-year-olds, a man and a woman, have also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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