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Save mural tribute to stab victim Alex Smith, petition pleads

The 16-year-old was stabbed to death in August

12 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

The mural on the Regent’s Park Estate

HUNDREDS of people have signed a petition calling for a mural to a stabbed teenager to be “saved” from removal on the Regent’s Park estate.

Friends and family have been paying their respects at Munster Square, where a wall, pictured right, has been decorated depict­ing 16-year-old Alex Smith sitting on a bike under a blue sky.

Beneath council signs that say “No ball games” and “No dogs”, “No knives” has been painted.

It is close to the spot where the former Acland Burghley pupil was fatally stabbed in August. Two men have been charged with murder.

Alex Smith

The petition, so far signed by more than 1,300 people, reads: “Alex is loved by so many and will never be forgotten by any.

“It would be a tragedy for his wall to ever be taken down as he would not be receiving the love he deserves and it would completely distort the loving community of people who genuinely care.

“We need permission from the council to keep Alex’s wall up and we need reassurance that it will not be taken down. Signing this petition brings us one step closer to achieving what it is that we need.”

In response, Nadia Shah, cabinet member for safer communities, said: “Residents living in the square and buildings in the immediate vicinity of the mural’s current location have been affected by a number of issues.

‘Their con­cerns include the num­ber of people visiting it late into the night.

“We want to find a solution that sees everybody happy, and are working closely with Alex Smith’s family and friends, as well as residents, to arrange a fitting alternative for the memorial.”

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