The murder rate in London has accelerated in 2018, with more deaths from stabbings have taken place than in the whole of last year. Michelle McPhillips, 53, had to switch off the life machine of her son, Jonathan, on March 1 2017. He was stabbed on a Saturday night out in Islington four days earlier.
Admitting to Express.co.uk that she feels “sick” at seeing the constant headlines in the news of young people dying from knife crime, Ms McPhillips has sought to help reduce the number of teenagers carrying blades by talking to school children about the consequences of possessing a weapon.
“But what I do is tell them is he had a life, this is someone like all of you and yet he was stabbed.”
Data from the Office of National Statistics released last month said police recorded 39,332 knife offences, the highest number on record, in the year to June 2018.
At approximately 12.40am on February 25 2017, police and the London Ambulance Service were called to Upper Street in Islington.
Jonathan, a father of two, was found injured and taken to an east London hospital where he later died.
The anti-knife campaigner believes it was necessary for her to speak out about the dangers of carrying a blade as soon as she was able to.
Describing the pain of Jonathan’s death, Ms McPhillips claimed she “died the day my son died”.
She added: “I just go through every day robotically, going through every day doing what I have to do to pay my bills and survive.”
As part of her awareness campaign, Ms McPhillips is trying to teach young people about the dangers of carrying knives.
The grieving mother said: “They seem to believe there are body parts which are safe to stab, but there are no safe places to stab someone.
“You have a lot of people being stabbed in the backside but what they don’t realise is that by doing that they end up giving somebody a life-changing injury.
“Then you’ve got some people stabbing in the legs, not knowing that there are arteries in your legs. It’s just madness.