Bishop of Warrington calls for an end to violent crime in the City 

First published on: 22nd September 2022

The Bishop of Warrington and Acting Bishop of Liverpool has issued a strong appeal to end gun and knife crime. In a series of passionate interviews at the funeral of Ashley Dale, the bishop said that enough was enough and that we need as a community to stop knife and gun crime. The Bishop stressed that this was not the Liverpool she knew calling the city a “warm, friendly, stunning place; a place of life and creativity” but added, “we are presently being over-shadowed by this awful stuff that's taking place.”
Ashley was shot in her back garden the unintended victim of an attack. Bishop Bev called her murder a “blasphemy against god, a blasphemy against human dignity’ adding that she “does not want to be doing any more funerals of people who have been murdered.”
Bishop Bev, who also attended the funeral of Olivia Pratt-Korbel, added "I am saying today enough is enough. No more, no more mishaps, there should never be a life targeted, that should never happen. Life is too short. However long we live, life really is very short and that some people feel they are entitled to take the life of another human being is simply a scandal and a blasphemy”
Like many the bishop has watched with deep concern the grief surrounding the families of victims whose lives have been cut tragically short. “every life is precious and we need to do all we can to make sure that never again will we see such tragedies. So, communities do need to stand together, do the right thing, teach the next generation the right way and honour the precious memories of lives lost.”
The Bishop will be speaking at a vigil for those affected by youth violence at Liverpool Cathedral this evening. The cathedral hosted the first outing of the Knife Angel, a poignant reminder of the devastating effects of knife crime. The vigil will remember all young people who have lost their lives through violence Those attending will be able to light a candle and share memories of their loved ones in a book of condolence. This event is supported by the Major of Liverpool and the Merseyside Violence Reduction Partnership.

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