Nottinghamshire Police hold service to victims of violent crime

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A ceremony to remember those who lost their lives as a result of violent crime is to be held in Nottingham.

Nottinghamshire Police is fully supporting the memorial service, which will be held at St Andrew’s Church, Mansfield Road, Nottingham, on Wednesday 21 December at 6.30pm.

Working in conjunction with organiser Ron Lawrence, the service will include songs, readings and poems to promote ‘togetherness’ and ‘support for each other’, while offering people a moment of quiet reflection and remembrance.

The event will also commemorate anti-gun campaigner Janice Collins, mother of murder victim Brendon Lawrence, who lost her battle with cancer last December.

Organiser Ron Lawrence said: “Christmas can be an extremely difficult time for families who have a constant reminder that their loved one is missing from their lives.

“Losing a family member is always difficult, but to know their relative died because of the actions of someone else, in often violent circumstances, is hard to understand.

“This memorial service gives us an opportunity to show them that other people don’t forget their pain and allows victims’ families to unite together to remember their loved ones.”

Chief Constable Julia Hodson, said: “Janice Collins played a key part in organising past memorial services for the families of those who lost loved ones to violent crime. This is an important service and continues her legacy, by giving us all an opportunity to remember the victims and what their families are going through.”