Glass ban petition is delivered

Jane Sherriff
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A widow will visit 10 Downing Street today to deliver a petition to ban glass bottles in pubs and clubs.

Jane Sherriff, 35, launched a campaign after her husband Philip, 37, was murdered with a broken glass bottle in April.

The mum-of-two will hand-deliver a petition of 100,000 signatures – the level of support needed to get the campaign discussed in Parliament –jointly with Marjorie Golding, whose son was scarred for life in a bottle attack in 2004.

Jane, of Scorton, near Garstang, said: “It is quite a big occasion for us. It is a very small step but we hope it will get people talking.

“Eventually we want a change in the law and whether that happens or not we want to get this debate going.”

Philip was in a London nightclub when he was stabbed in the neck with a glass bottle.

Last month Ashley Charles. 26, was convicted of his murder and jailed for 14 years.

Jane, said: “It’s a long way to go to post a letter, but it will be worth it.

“I’m not a campaigner, I’m a mum, and I am still a grieving widow.

“It has definitely been a steep learning curve. No-one tells you how to do these campaigns.

“The kids will go to bed and I will still be up on the internet researching things.”

Jane and Marjorie will travel to London today and hand over the petition before meeting Ian Lucas, MP for Wrexham, and Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood.

Jane said: “This is what we have been working towards. It didn’t take too long but it has been hard going.

“The message is getting out there and that is the important thing. If that is all I achieve, it’s worth it.”