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Beckton’s Kingsford School pupils unveil Adam Regis memorial

PUBLISHED: 15:50 21 March 2012 | UPDATED: 16:14 21 March 2012

Tribute: Kingsford head Joan Deslandes in the memorial garden with students. Picture: Steve Poston

Tribute: Kingsford head Joan Deslandes in the memorial garden with students. Picture: Steve Poston

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Pupils at Adam Regis’s former school in Beckton have ensured their popular fellow pupil will not be forgotten.

A memorial garden will be officially opened at Kingsford Community School in Kingsford Way this summer in memory of the murdered 15-year-old after almost two years of preparation and work by pupils.

It has been mostly funded through events organised by students themselves, with youngsters coming up with ideas on how the cash should be used.

The garden was unveiled after Adam’s mother Kristina made an emotional appeal for people with information on his murder to come forward.

He was stabbed in Plaistow on March 17, 2007 after a night out at the Showcase Cinema in Beckton.

Adam, who wanted to be a computer programmer, would have celebrated his 21st birthday in July this year.

Head teacher Joan Deslandes said the garden would be a place students could go to so they could be comforted and inspired. It will contain benches and plants.

She said: “Whilst the garden has been created in memory of those who our school community has tragically lost, it is also a place of inspiration and hope.”

The opening will coincide with the start of the Olympics, she said.

“It will promote and foster the Olympic values of respect, excellence, friendship, courage, determination, inspiration and equality.

“These are all core values of Kingsford Community School and have helped in the creation of a harmonious school community where pupils are encouraged to aim high and shine the brightest they can be.”

Newham’s Young Mayor Abraham Male, who is a current Kingsford pupil, added his voice to the appeal for information about his murder.

He said: “Newham is a really strong community and we need to stand together.

“If anyone remembers or knows anything about what happened on that night please tell the police.

“Knives and guns can have tragic effects on families and whole communities.

“If you are caught carrying a weapon you face a prison sentence and a criminal record that stays with you for life.

He added: “You can report information anonymously if you want to - the people who are responsible for Adam’s murder must be brought to justice.”

To assist, contact 020 8345 3775 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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