Video: Hundreds join Only Cowards Carry march through the town centre

Gazette: Video: Hundreds join Only Cowards Carry march through the town centre Video: Hundreds join Only Cowards Carry march through the town centre

THE FAMILIES of murder victims joined together in a show of solidarity for an anti-weapons march.
Six families, whose loved ones have been murdered, took part in the Only Cowards Carry march down Colchester High Street on Saturday.
The 300 strong procession was headed by Caroline Shearer, who set up the charity after her son Jay Whiston was stabbed to death outside a house party in Marlowe Way, Colchester.
She was joined by Jim Attfield's mum, Julie Finch, and his sisters Jo Robinson and Ashlee Waller.
Nicky Humphrey also marched in memory of her daughter Kirsty, who was killed by her former partner in her Colchester home.
They were joined by Ann Wilson, whose son Ian was stabbed to death in Clacton in 2007 and Wendy Orton, also of Clacton, whose fiance was murdered in an East London pub.
Dad Paul Dove and atep-mum Tanya Whitney, also travelled all the way from Hemel Hempstead to take place in the march in memory of their son Billy Dove.
Mrs Shearer, thanked all those who marched and said: "We won't give up, we will never give up.
"You don't see parents marching as a group and this is what we wanted.
"This is the only way we will get our children recognised, by sticking together and making a stand."

The full story will be in Monday's Gazette. 

 


 

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4:28pm Sat 24 May 14

angryman!!! says...

Over 10 times the amount that marched for the edl, also for a good cause, let's see if the gazette give it half the amount publicity
Over 10 times the amount that marched for the edl, also for a good cause, let's see if the gazette give it half the amount publicity angryman!!!
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8:43pm Sat 24 May 14

dominicbowers says...

What a silly thing to say. We've given Caroline and Only Cowards Carry lots of support and publicity - and will continue to. Dom Bowers, news editor
What a silly thing to say. We've given Caroline and Only Cowards Carry lots of support and publicity - and will continue to. Dom Bowers, news editor dominicbowers
  • Score: 1

8:55pm Sat 24 May 14

Doomflood says...

This is why schools should teach disarming then we'll have less of knife attacks...Sort of...Well it would prevent stab related injuries at least.
This is why schools should teach disarming then we'll have less of knife attacks...Sort of...Well it would prevent stab related injuries at least. Doomflood
  • Score: 1

1:35am Sun 25 May 14

IpsumDelor says...

Dom Bowers - As news editor of The Gazette, instead of sniping at readers on its website, perhaps your energies would be better spent getting some of your reporters actually doing some real investigative journalism out there rather picking the lowest hanging fruit...
Dom Bowers - As news editor of The Gazette, instead of sniping at readers on its website, perhaps your energies would be better spent getting some of your reporters actually doing some real investigative journalism out there rather picking the lowest hanging fruit... IpsumDelor
  • Score: -1

7:49am Sun 25 May 14

The Six Million Dollar Man* says...

IpsumDelor wrote:
Dom Bowers - As news editor of The Gazette, instead of sniping at readers on its website, perhaps your energies would be better spent getting some of your reporters actually doing some real investigative journalism out there rather picking the lowest hanging fruit...
good comment ipsom, the gazette wont do anything juicy or meaty, unless there is massive amounts of whistle-blowing evidence coming through their door, or handed to them on a plate. it is how their system works and the national papers too. the big boys don't get involved unless it has been fuelled by the minnow papers. this is why a lot of government departments and quangos have been allowed to get away with a lot during this recession. it took massive amounts of fire power to sort out Colchester hospital trust and why, only because the daily mail got involved and one guy at the BBC. the big one in this town or the coup de grace is colchester borough council or colloquially known as the teflons. if some more of them in there could be felled, then we could really clean the town up and get it back to a previous state when it listened to the real people in the borough and not just pandered and cow towed to councillors. it is a shame really there are some good people here, but it has been spoiled by an arrogance and ignorance coming from the very top of the tree. everyone knows why. the gazette well the papers a joke Boris has more power than editor channon. the paper is fed chicken feed by those in power, if they get to close to something the kids are generally curried favour with and led off the scent. the gazette know nothing and do nothing because, the reporters know nobody and do very little about it, its simple really.
[quote][p][bold]IpsumDelor[/bold] wrote: Dom Bowers - As news editor of The Gazette, instead of sniping at readers on its website, perhaps your energies would be better spent getting some of your reporters actually doing some real investigative journalism out there rather picking the lowest hanging fruit...[/p][/quote]good comment ipsom, the gazette wont do anything juicy or meaty, unless there is massive amounts of whistle-blowing evidence coming through their door, or handed to them on a plate. it is how their system works and the national papers too. the big boys don't get involved unless it has been fuelled by the minnow papers. this is why a lot of government departments and quangos have been allowed to get away with a lot during this recession. it took massive amounts of fire power to sort out Colchester hospital trust and why, only because the daily mail got involved and one guy at the BBC. the big one in this town or the coup de grace is colchester borough council or colloquially known as the teflons. if some more of them in there could be felled, then we could really clean the town up and get it back to a previous state when it listened to the real people in the borough and not just pandered and cow towed to councillors. it is a shame really there are some good people here, but it has been spoiled by an arrogance and ignorance coming from the very top of the tree. everyone knows why. the gazette well the papers a joke Boris has more power than editor channon. the paper is fed chicken feed by those in power, if they get to close to something the kids are generally curried favour with and led off the scent. the gazette know nothing and do nothing because, the reporters know nobody and do very little about it, its simple really. The Six Million Dollar Man*
  • Score: -3

8:10am Sun 25 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Personally I think its good that Dom Bowers commented.

The Gazette has carried many stories on the "only cowards carry" initiatives surrounding knife crime, particularly those surrounding the sad deaths of Jay Whiston and Jim Attfield which have brought the issues much closer to home and highlights the stark reality that knife crime is not just an Inner City problem!

We need more online interaction with the editorial team and their views are as valid as ours. We don't always agree with everything published or for that matter what is commented on in blogs like this. Opinions differ but they all count.

I have criticised the Gazette for poor reporting and inaccuracies on numerous occasions. However, in my opinion, (and its only an opinion) we should not be using comparisons about what the Gazette covers in relation to this report and that of the EDL wreath laying story. Both subjects are important and both newsworthy!
Personally I think its good that Dom Bowers commented. The Gazette has carried many stories on the "only cowards carry" initiatives surrounding knife crime, particularly those surrounding the sad deaths of Jay Whiston and Jim Attfield which have brought the issues much closer to home and highlights the stark reality that knife crime is not just an Inner City problem! We need more online interaction with the editorial team and their views are as valid as ours. We don't always agree with everything published or for that matter what is commented on in blogs like this. Opinions differ but they all count. I have criticised the Gazette for poor reporting and inaccuracies on numerous occasions. However, in my opinion, (and its only an opinion) we should not be using comparisons about what the Gazette covers in relation to this report and that of the EDL wreath laying story. Both subjects are important and both newsworthy! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 9

9:39am Sun 25 May 14

Colonel Kurtz says...

Why do readers have to get political when this is real issue and we should all support this cause 100%. Personally I would lock up all knife carrying yobs without any hesitation. They know there's no chance of punishment. Where's the logic in a slap over the wrist.
Why do readers have to get political when this is real issue and we should all support this cause 100%. Personally I would lock up all knife carrying yobs without any hesitation. They know there's no chance of punishment. Where's the logic in a slap over the wrist. Colonel Kurtz
  • Score: 6

3:31pm Sun 25 May 14

William George says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Personally I think its good that Dom Bowers commented.

The Gazette has carried many stories on the "only cowards carry" initiatives surrounding knife crime, particularly those surrounding the sad deaths of Jay Whiston and Jim Attfield which have brought the issues much closer to home and highlights the stark reality that knife crime is not just an Inner City problem!

We need more online interaction with the editorial team and their views are as valid as ours. We don't always agree with everything published or for that matter what is commented on in blogs like this. Opinions differ but they all count.

I have criticised the Gazette for poor reporting and inaccuracies on numerous occasions. However, in my opinion, (and its only an opinion) we should not be using comparisons about what the Gazette covers in relation to this report and that of the EDL wreath laying story. Both subjects are important and both newsworthy!
The Colchester Daily Gazette gives a good service of it's press reports for readers to read and compare.
Not all journalism of any newspaper in town or the cities can be perfect in everything that is published but the majority is good and very newsworthy for most of us who read.
The majority of what Say It As It Is OK states explains the rest and most important part of this report. Correctly and could not have been said more clearer that refers about the incident in the crimes.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Personally I think its good that Dom Bowers commented. The Gazette has carried many stories on the "only cowards carry" initiatives surrounding knife crime, particularly those surrounding the sad deaths of Jay Whiston and Jim Attfield which have brought the issues much closer to home and highlights the stark reality that knife crime is not just an Inner City problem! We need more online interaction with the editorial team and their views are as valid as ours. We don't always agree with everything published or for that matter what is commented on in blogs like this. Opinions differ but they all count. I have criticised the Gazette for poor reporting and inaccuracies on numerous occasions. However, in my opinion, (and its only an opinion) we should not be using comparisons about what the Gazette covers in relation to this report and that of the EDL wreath laying story. Both subjects are important and both newsworthy![/p][/quote]The Colchester Daily Gazette gives a good service of it's press reports for readers to read and compare. Not all journalism of any newspaper in town or the cities can be perfect in everything that is published but the majority is good and very newsworthy for most of us who read. The majority of what Say It As It Is OK states explains the rest and most important part of this report. Correctly and could not have been said more clearer that refers about the incident in the crimes. William George
  • Score: 3

11:17pm Sun 25 May 14

dominicbowers says...

Ipsomdelor: you're right, we should be doing more investigative journalism, but, as with all local papers, we're very restricted in terms of time/staffing levels etc. hopefully we can out this right though. however, to say our reporters simply "pick the lowest hanging fruit" is unfair...most of their stories are self-generated or take time to investigate fully.

The six million dollar man: a lot of your points about proper meaty investigations are true...not even the nationals can afford to employ staff solely as investigative reporters. Your comments about the hospital scandal are wide of the mark though. The revelations were published by the cqc...no investigative work by any media, but i'm certain no organisation has covered the story more comprehensively than we have.

We'll continue to hold the council to account too, starting with the election promises the coalition councillors made....
Ipsomdelor: you're right, we should be doing more investigative journalism, but, as with all local papers, we're very restricted in terms of time/staffing levels etc. hopefully we can out this right though. however, to say our reporters simply "pick the lowest hanging fruit" is unfair...most of their stories are self-generated or take time to investigate fully. The six million dollar man: a lot of your points about proper meaty investigations are true...not even the nationals can afford to employ staff solely as investigative reporters. Your comments about the hospital scandal are wide of the mark though. The revelations were published by the cqc...no investigative work by any media, but i'm certain no organisation has covered the story more comprehensively than we have. We'll continue to hold the council to account too, starting with the election promises the coalition councillors made.... dominicbowers
  • Score: 4

8:21pm Mon 26 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

I personally think Dom Bowers should spend more time trying to find journalists that can spell correctly.
I personally think Dom Bowers should spend more time trying to find journalists that can spell correctly. oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: -5

8:22pm Mon 26 May 14

oOI Daza IOo says...

"atep-mum"

Is proof-reading so difficult?
"atep-mum" Is proof-reading so difficult? oOI Daza IOo
  • Score: -5

9:36pm Mon 26 May 14

Boris says...

oOI Daza IOo wrote:
"atep-mum"

Is proof-reading so difficult?
Yes, it is rather difficult, especially when a skeleton staff has to write or edit dozens of stories in a short time to meet a deadline.
The error you point out is utterly trivial. I didn't spot it while reading the story, and probably the majority of readers didn't spot it either. The meaning is perfectly clear. Concentrate on the important issues, and the trivial ones will take care of themselves.
[quote][p][bold]oOI Daza IOo[/bold] wrote: "atep-mum" Is proof-reading so difficult?[/p][/quote]Yes, it is rather difficult, especially when a skeleton staff has to write or edit dozens of stories in a short time to meet a deadline. The error you point out is utterly trivial. I didn't spot it while reading the story, and probably the majority of readers didn't spot it either. The meaning is perfectly clear. Concentrate on the important issues, and the trivial ones will take care of themselves. Boris
  • Score: 1

9:43pm Mon 26 May 14

Boris says...

William George wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Personally I think its good that Dom Bowers commented.

The Gazette has carried many stories on the "only cowards carry" initiatives surrounding knife crime, particularly those surrounding the sad deaths of Jay Whiston and Jim Attfield which have brought the issues much closer to home and highlights the stark reality that knife crime is not just an Inner City problem!

We need more online interaction with the editorial team and their views are as valid as ours. We don't always agree with everything published or for that matter what is commented on in blogs like this. Opinions differ but they all count.

I have criticised the Gazette for poor reporting and inaccuracies on numerous occasions. However, in my opinion, (and its only an opinion) we should not be using comparisons about what the Gazette covers in relation to this report and that of the EDL wreath laying story. Both subjects are important and both newsworthy!
The Colchester Daily Gazette gives a good service of it's press reports for readers to read and compare.
Not all journalism of any newspaper in town or the cities can be perfect in everything that is published but the majority is good and very newsworthy for most of us who read.
The majority of what Say It As It Is OK states explains the rest and most important part of this report. Correctly and could not have been said more clearer that refers about the incident in the crimes.
Well said, Say It and WG. The Gazette is not perfect, but it does a fine job considering the very limited resources at its disposal. The Gannett Corporation has to make a profit, and it has only a very modest advertising income compared to pre-internet days.
Well done, Dominic, and more power to your elbow.
[quote][p][bold]William George[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Personally I think its good that Dom Bowers commented. The Gazette has carried many stories on the "only cowards carry" initiatives surrounding knife crime, particularly those surrounding the sad deaths of Jay Whiston and Jim Attfield which have brought the issues much closer to home and highlights the stark reality that knife crime is not just an Inner City problem! We need more online interaction with the editorial team and their views are as valid as ours. We don't always agree with everything published or for that matter what is commented on in blogs like this. Opinions differ but they all count. I have criticised the Gazette for poor reporting and inaccuracies on numerous occasions. However, in my opinion, (and its only an opinion) we should not be using comparisons about what the Gazette covers in relation to this report and that of the EDL wreath laying story. Both subjects are important and both newsworthy![/p][/quote]The Colchester Daily Gazette gives a good service of it's press reports for readers to read and compare. Not all journalism of any newspaper in town or the cities can be perfect in everything that is published but the majority is good and very newsworthy for most of us who read. The majority of what Say It As It Is OK states explains the rest and most important part of this report. Correctly and could not have been said more clearer that refers about the incident in the crimes.[/p][/quote]Well said, Say It and WG. The Gazette is not perfect, but it does a fine job considering the very limited resources at its disposal. The Gannett Corporation has to make a profit, and it has only a very modest advertising income compared to pre-internet days. Well done, Dominic, and more power to your elbow. Boris
  • Score: 2

9:49pm Mon 26 May 14

Boris says...

Dominic, please correct one important error though. Your "election 2014" story gives the detailed CBC election results for every ward in Colchester, except for St Johns, where not a single vote appears to have been cast. Yet the printed paper says Ray Gamble was re-elected. Please fill in the voting figures for that ward, before they get forgotten, as someone may want to refer to it in the future.
Dominic, please correct one important error though. Your "election 2014" story gives the detailed CBC election results for every ward in Colchester, except for St Johns, where not a single vote appears to have been cast. Yet the printed paper says Ray Gamble was re-elected. Please fill in the voting figures for that ward, before they get forgotten, as someone may want to refer to it in the future. Boris
  • Score: 1

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