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Service remembers crime victims

Brendon Lawrence
Brendon Lawrence was shot dead in 2002

More than 150 people have attended a special memorial service in Nottingham to remember victims of violent crime.

The service, organised by police, Mothers Against Guns and the Nottinghamshire Black Police Association, took place on Sunday.

Janice Collins, mother of Brendon Lawrence who was shot dead in 2002, said Christmas will be difficult for those who had lost children.

The service, at St Andrew's Church, included songs, readings and poems.

Ron Lawrence from the Black Police Association said he hoped the memorial would encourage people in the community to come forward to report crime.

"In our society we have people who know what has gone on locally within their town and yet choose not to say anything.

"What we're saying is, just come forward if you know something, you can anonymously contact the police."

Victor Bates, whose wife Marian was shot dead by armed raiders in her Nottingham jewellers in September 2003, also attended the service.

"We stand together in common unity against the law-breakers and murderers of this world," he said.



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