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Dad’s pain after beloved teenage son stabbed days before his birthday

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The father of a teenage son who died from a single stab wound has described his family as being left “broken” by the devastating loss. Oliver Freckleton, 19, died after being stabbed at a house in Burton last year.

Nine people have been charged with the murder of the young father, many of whom are from Derby. Eighteen-year-old Isaiah Hall, of Rose Hill Street, Derby, Adam Viola, 19, of Uppermoor Road, Allenton, Derby, and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared at Stafford Crown Court on Monday, June 6.

A further six people have already appeared at the crown court and all are set to stand trial together starting on January 9. They are Chardon Carlington Carnagie, 18, of Grampian Way, Derby, Travel Reid, 20, of Sinfin Lane, Derby, a 17-year-old boy, two 16-year-old Derby boys, and a 16-year-old girl, all of whom cannot be named for legal reasons.

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Rob Freckleton says his life was destroyed after being given the heartbreaking news that his son had died. Oliver had recently become a father for the first time and died on the day before what would have been his 20th birthday, reports Staffordshire Live.

Mr Freckleton, who works in Barton-under-Needwood, told Staffordshire Live: “It is an understatement to say that our lives have been destroyed. I have never experienced pain like this. I had to go and identify Oliver at the mortuary and that is an image that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Our family has really struggled to come to terms with what has happened to Oliver. I do not think we will ever come to terms with it. We are broken. Oliver did not lose his life – it had been stolen.”

He added: “I remember the day Oliver came into the world, December 12, 2001. I looked down at this bundle of joy and felt an overwhelming feeling in my heart. It was unconditional, unbreakable love that only a parent could feel for their child. Oliver growing up was always on the go. He hated being stuck indoors and wanted to be outside all the time, no matter what the weather. Every weekend, we went on ‘magical mystery tours’ where we would get in the car and find new places to have adventures.

“He loved going on holidays and we went on many: Spanish islands, Turkey, Egypt, but Oliver’s favourite was a caravan near the seaside. One of Oliver’s biggest passions was fishing. He would spend all day with his granddad at one of the many lakes they frequented. He went on holiday with his grandparents to Cornwall and Oliver caught a lake record carp.

“Oliver loved his sports, especially football, where he excelled as a goalkeeper and won many awards and plaudits. He turned his hand to golf, and again, it just seemed to come naturally to him. He had an unbelievable love and affection for animals. We had Bobby the greyhound, a rabbit, budgies, numerous hamsters, fish, snakes, and even a tortoise. We used to joke about charging people to come to Oliver’s zoo.



Oliver, pictured with his father Rob, as a youngster
Oliver, pictured with his father Rob, as a youngster

“Oliver just enjoyed life and as he got older, he spent time with his many friends. He loved his music and I have lost count of the times I shouted up the stairs for him to turn it down. He had an infectious laugh and the biggest, cheekiest smile. He would light up any room he walked into.

“Oliver met the love of his life at a party around our house, and they never looked back. We had never seen him so happy until the day he broke the news to us that he was going to be a dad. Oliver and his girlfriend came around our house, and they looked so nervous, but I could see the joy in his eyes. The first time I saw Oliver with his daughter, I knew he had the same feelings as I did all those years ago.”

The family’s world came crashing down when they got the call in the early hours of December 11, last year, the day before Oliver’s birthday, saying an incident had happened. Mr Freckleton says he then got the call to say Oliver was dead.

“It would have been Oliver’s 21st birthday on December 12 [this year] and I should [have been] giving a speech. The only speech I could give was at his funeral”, Mr Freckleton said.

Oliver’s family have now spoken out in support of the local Street Whyze Project which was set up with the aim of working alongside local agencies to deter people from carrying and using knives, including working with young people and schools. It comes after a large number of knife crime incidents across Burton and Swadlincote, including the death of Benjamin Orton, who was stabbed in an alleyway in Swadlincote.

Mr Freckleton said: “We reached out to the Street Whyze project after we read an article about Oliver on their website. Danny [Mondesir, Street Whyze Project managing director] has been a constant support to us throughout. I have been working with him to raise awareness of knife crime among younger people. I want to work with him to educate and prevent these horrendous crimes from becoming the norm.

“I secured a £5,000 donation from my employers, Argos Barton, to help push the message across to schools and colleges. I also secured another £5,000 from them for the Daniel Baird Foundation. We have purchased seven emergency bleed kits ready to be fitted in key areas in the local area. These are life-saving kits. All you need to do is dial 999 and follow the instructions. They really do work.

“The reason that I am doing these things with Street Whyze and the Daniel Baird Foundation is, at Oliver’s funeral, we promised him that we would be the best possible parents to his brother, and grandparents to his daughter. What better way than to make things safer for our children? Oliver made us proud. I hope he is proud of us.”

The Street Whyze Project supports local people who have been directly affected by knife crime, providing targeted interventions in the local area.

However, its managing director Mr Mondesir said more needed to be done to wipe out knife crime.

He said: “Despite a rise in knife crime in both Burton and Swadlincote, we have encountered many barriers while trying to work in partnership with some of the authorities who, unfortunately, only appear to be working reactively. While the Police and Fire Commissioner, Ben Adams, and MP Kate Kniveton have been receptive and helpful in facilitating partnership meetings at our request, it appears that things fall apart as the need for action filters down the chain within some of the relevant organisations.

“We feel that the authorities need to embrace the knowledge, support, experience and advice of local third sector agencies who are best placed to assist with awareness and targeted interventions around knife crime.”

Street Whyze is holding a community fun day at Shobnall Sports & Social Club from noon until 4pm on Sunday, September 4, to raise funds.

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