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Family of murdered schoolboy Ronan Kanda to submit 10,000 strong petition to 10 Downing Street

The family of murdered schoolboy Ronan Kanda are delivering a petition to 10 Downing Street today.

Pooja Kanda is submitting her petition to 10 Downing Street
Pooja Kanda is submitting her petition to 10 Downing Street

Mother Pooja Kanda's petition calling for the outright ban of zombie knives and ninja swords has passed the 10,000 signature mark.

Ronan, aged 16, was stabbed to death in Lanesfield last year metres from his home after being attacked with a ninja sword bought online by his murderer.

Pooja told the Express & Star: "We are going to 10 Downing Street on Monday morning. We are going to have a protest and march in Westminster first and then will deliver the petition at 11am.

"We have been told there will be a representative from Number 10 to meet us and officially receive the petition."

She added: "We do not know if the Prime Minister Rishi Sunnak will be there to meet us, it would be nice if he was but we are not counting on it."

Pooja is continue to campaign about tighter laws about swords and zombie knives despite the Government announcing a ban on so called Rambo knives.

She said: "There might be new laws on zombie knives but my son was murdered with a Ninja Sword which was bought online without any checks.

"I will continue to campaign until I get Ninja swords are banned too, no mother should ever go through what I have since Ronan died."

The petition was launched in July and it has taken less than two months to reach the milestone of 10,000 signatures.

Pooja said: "I want to thank all those Express & Star readers who signed our petition. It has already been discussed in Parliament and the Prime Minister knows about our fight."

Wolverhampton South East MP Pat McFadden will be joining the Kanda family to submit the petition to the Prime Minister's office.

Pooja said: "Pat McFadden has been great with us, he has introduced us to various ministers and I am glad he will be there on Monday."

Ronan Kanda

Prabjeet Veadhesa and Sukhman Shergill were armed with a ninja sword and a machete in a friendly, peaceful neighbourhood, looking for someone else. I lost my innocent son to a harrowing case of mistaken identity," the heart-wrenching statement continues.

The petition includes the shocking statistics about knife crime increasing.

The "Knife crime is getting worse. Most recent data from the ONS showed a 21 per cent increase in the number of knife and offensive weapon offences recorded between September 2021 to 2022.

This is a problem which requires immediate and drastic change at a national level.

Prabjeet Veadhesa and Sukhman Shergill, both 17, murdered Ronan on June 29, last year, on Mount Road in a case of mistaken identity. The schoolboy was left with a 20cm deep wound in his back and hip area and a 17cm deep wound in his chest.

Veadhesa, of Cairn Drive in Walsall, and Shergill, of Bewley Road in Willenhall, were jailed for life. Veadhesa for a minimum of 18 years and Shergill for a minimum of 16 years.

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