Published on March 23rd, 2016 | by Daniel Cheeseman
MCFC Supporters Club backs ‘Justice for Joseph’ campaign
City fan Joseph Brown-Lartey was tragically killed in November 2014 by a speeding driver who ran a red light in Rochdale at 80mph in a 30 zone. Joseph’s car was split in two the impact was so severe, and he died instantly. He was 25 years old.
There was a public outcry when the driver, who was charged with numerous other driving offences, was sentenced to just six years for causing death by dangerous driving and is likely to be out in three. The Attorney General ruled the term couldn’t be reviewed as it fell within the current sentencing guidelines.
Stats by Greater Manchester Fire Service have revealed that 1 in 4 deaths on the roads in Greater Manchester involve a young person, with incidents of dangerous driving up by 60% in the region – and this needs to change.
KEY103 radio station is now working alongside Joseph’s parents Ian and Dawn on a campaign called ‘Justice for Joseph’ – which is calling for a review of the sentencing guidelines and therefore harsher punishments for those who kill on the roads. It’s being backed by politicians as well as National Road Safety Charity BRAKE, but we need as many signatures on our petition as possible as we get ready to head for Downing Street on April 13th 2016.
Please support the Justice for Joseph Campaign:
Joseph’s dad Ian said: “Joseph was a die-hard City fan. He was a blue through and through. His death has left a massive hole in our lives and to think other families will continue to suffer the same in-justice as us, is a constant slap in the face. The support we have had from people far and wide has been overwhelming and although we can never bring Joseph back we can make a change to stop other families going through what we have”.
Kevin Parker, Secretary of MCFC Supporters Club, said: “Manchester City FC Supporters Club have been deeply saddened as Joseph’s tragic story has unfolded. The Supporters Club wholly supports the BRAKE campaign and urges every single City Supporter to sign AND share the story on Facebook, Twitter and all social media platforms possible. We’ll be bringing all the developments of the petition campaign to fans through our Facebook and Twitter channels and we’ll be updating our Justice For Joseph page as news comes in.”
Michelle Livesey, leading the campaign for KEY103 said, “People power stands for a lot these days. The campaign is going from strength to strength, thanks to the support of Joseph’s MP Liz McInnes and the MP for Leeds North West Greg Mulholland who has been campaigning for change for a number of years. The Justice Secretary has agreed to look at the guidelines and Criminal Driving Bill thanks to the pressure from this campaign. We now need to keep that pressure on. We will be taking the petition to Downing Street on Wednesday 13th April. Please add you support to ‘Justice for Joseph’.
VIDEO: KEY 103 interviewed Joseph’s parents, Ian and Dawn, on why there needs to be a change in the law:
Tony Donley, General Manager at Mantax said:”The BRAKE campaign is here to persuade the nation’s motorists to change their behaviour in an attempt to make the streets safer and more pleasant. By reducing car journeys, walking, cycling or using public transport such as taxis, buses and trams, instead of taking your car, reduces congestion and your stress!
Mantax has provided taxi services to the people and businesses in Greater Manchester for almost 50 years. ManTax black cabs in Manchester offer the safest taxi service in town. With accredited drivers, the introduction of new technologies – like our very own taxi app and our state of the art dispatch system, ordering a cab was never easier! Save parking money, time and hassle and support the BRAKE campaign as much as you can!”
Stay tuned on this page for more updates on the #JusticeforJoseph campaign
Exclusive interview with Kevin Parker COMING SOON