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West Bridgford mum’s heartbreak in losing son as family ‘torn apart’

A heartbroken mum has spoken of the agony in losing her son who she described as her ‘best friend’.

Zoe Cooke said the loss of Byron Griffin “has torn her family apart”.

Ms Cooke, who lives in West Bridgford, visits the cemetery each day because she can’t bear the thought of her son on his own.

“Byron and I were best friends – he used to tell me everything,” said Ms Cooke.

“His friends used to say that he tells me too much.”

Police were called to reports that a man was found with a single stab wound in Eyre’s Garden, Ilkeston, at around 12.40pm on Sunday, July 4, of this year.

Mr Griffin, from East Leake, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where he died.

He died at the age of 22 and Ms Cooke said life “will never be the same” without her son.

The heartbroken mum, who works as a training centre worker, has set up a fundraising campaign to buy bleed kits aiming to protect people in and around the city.

Ms Cooke handed over bleed kit to the Tuk Tuk restaurant in West Bridgford on Wednesday (September 29) at 5pm.

She said that “this is just one of many that will save lives” and prevent knife-crime across the city.

Zoe added: “If this kit can save just one life then that means that one family’s tragedy has been avoided.

“I am looking for companies who are willing to have the boxes installed so the police and public can have 24/7 access.”

* Four people have appeared in court in connection with the death of Mr Griffin.

Dylan Geary, 21; Daniel Lewsley, 32, Grant James Masterson, 29, all from Ilkeston, all pleaded not guilty to the murder of Mr Griffin.

Jordan Fairbrother, 26, of Swadlincote, was not asked to enter his plea at the short hearing at Derby Crown Court earlier this month as he was yet to discuss the matter with his defence team in person.

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