THE family of a former amateur boxer, who was brutally murdered in a Wrexham pub, are backing a campaign to prevent knife crime.
Lisa Maddocks, sister of Craig Maddocks, from Llay, felt moved to contact the Oswestry-based British Ironwork Centre, after hearing of its ‘Save a Life, Surrender Your Knife’ initiative.
Together with Craig’s mother, Edna, they are supporting the campaign in the hope of helping to rid the streets of knives.
Craig, 34, was the victim of a frenzied knife attack on June 26, 2013, in a toilet cubicle at the Cambrian Vaults pub in Wrexham. He was stabbed 52 times with a flick-knife.
His killer, Francesco John Prevete, 46, was told he will have to serve at least 23 years behind bars.
Craig’s mother said the campaign was providing her and her daughter with some direction.
“We needed something,” she said. “It’s been incredibly tough for all the family since Craig’s death, so we really wanted to find something which we could do for Craig, for his memory.
“Lisa heard about the campaign and we thought we ought to get involved.
“If this campaign helps take knives off the streets then we will feel we’ve done something positive.”
The campaign launches on August 22 and the knives confiscated will be melted down by the ironworks firm and made into a sculpture of an angel, as a memorial for those who have lost their lives due to knife crime in the North East Wales and West Midlands regions.
The campaign’s chairman, Clive Knowles, said: “We are indebted to Lisa, her family and indeed all of the families who have courageously come forward to offer their support.
“Lisa and Edna will be standing together with us at the official launch of our first knife bank in Birmingham on August 22.”