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Daily backs call for law change in memory of bombing victim

A regional daily is backing a bombing victim’s mum’s call for the law to be changed in memory of her son.

The Manchester Evening News is urging readers to support Figen Murray, whose son Martyn Hett was one of 22 people to die in the 2017 Manchester Arena terror attack.

Mr Hett was a journalist, LGBT rights advocate and blogger who was also regarded as a world expert on the TV soap Coronation Street.

Now Mrs Murray is petitioning the government to introduce ‘Martyn’s Law’, which aims to tighten up security checks at concerts, such as the one her son was attending when he was killed, by introducing obligatory metal detectors and mandatory bag searches at all major public venues.

MEN Martyn

The MEN splashed on the campaign’s launch on its front page yesterday, pictured above.

Mrs Murray told the paper: “At the moment these measures are given as recommendations only. I do not wish another person to attend a concert or a sports event or similar and not come home that night.

“A whole army of people are now supporting me and helping me get this off the ground. But in the meantime, it would be great if people could continue signing the petition to make it even harder to ignore.

“This is the legacy I want to leave behind for my son. Please grant me that.”

MEN editor-in-chief Darren Thwaites told HTFP: “We’re putting our full support behind Figen’s campaign. She’s an inspirational campaigner determined to make a positive difference after her own terrible loss.

“Safety at any event has to be paramount and Martyn’s Law is an opportunity to ensure that’s never left to chance. Please take the effort to sign the petition and back the campaign.”

The petition can be viewed here.

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  • May 16, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Martyn was a beautiful soul. I still miss him and feel gutted every time his face reappears in the news.

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