Hundreds buy wristband in Billy’s memory

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More than 1,500 memorial wristbands have been sold to raise money for Stop Knife Crimes in memory of 21-year-old Bily Dove, who was stabbed in Hemel Hempstead.

The white bands inscribed with RIP Billy Dove, Forever In Our Hearts is one of the many ways people have been fundraising for the charity.

Billy’s former cub scout group in Apsley collected £300 in his memory at their end of year meeting last Friday.

In the weeks following Billy’s murder on Sunday, November 6, a growing number of people have been raising awareness about knife crime and calling for an official tribute to him.

Gazette reader Anthony Darton has suggested the renaming of Market Square, where Billy was attacked, to Dove Square.

He said: “It will be both a fitting memorial and a subtle reminder to future youth of the damage and dangers of carrying a knife.”

Dacorum Borough Council has received emails asking about memorials and its group manager for resident services Julie Still said: “We are respecting the family’s rights and do not wish to intrude on their grief. We have opened up the lines of communication and are, of course, available if and when the family wish to discuss a memorial.”