Tomasz Oleszak’s moms and dads assistance Northern Echo knife criminal offense campaign


A Polish pair who moved to the North East for a much better lifetime for their relatives only to have it ruined by the senseless killing of their teenage son are supporting The Northern Echo’s marketing campaign to deal with knife crime.

Patryk and Kamila Oleszak arrived in the area all around eight several years back, when their son, Tomasz, was six yrs aged.

Tragically, he was fatally wounded for the duration of an incident in the vicinity of Whitehills Character Park, on Springwell Estate, in Gateshead on the night of Monday, Oct 3.

Tomasz, a 14-yr-aged pupil at nearby Cardinal Hume Catholic School, died in healthcare facility early the pursuing early morning and a 14-year-old boy has been charged with his murder.

Examine extra: The Northern Echo phone calls on the Prime Minister for urgent motion on knife criminal offense

The Northern Echo: Tomasz Oleszak Tomasz Oleszak (Image: Contributor)

The Northern Echo is dedicated to campaigning to increase recognition of knife crime as sadly the checklist of youthful victims carries on to develop at any time for a longer period.

Mr Oleszak explained: “We assist the knife crime campaign due to the fact if we can help conserve a person lifestyle then we will, even to enable get persons to drop the knife and not have them then which is a phase ahead.

“More wants to be done people today need to have know getting a knife out is not the way ahead it can have devastating effects which we are now experience initially hand.”

Past week, 14-12 months-outdated Gordon Gault died from stab wounds pursuing a disturbance in Elswick, Newcastle, six days earlier.

The Northern Echo: Gordon Gault Gordon Gault (Impression: Contributor)

The Northern Echo is supporting Zoey McGill, who dropped Jack final year, and Tanya Brown, who lost Connor in 2019, to knife criminal offense.

They had been 18.

The Northern Echo is contacting on Primary Minister Rishi Sunak to meet up with the people of the victims so he can recognize the impression it has and allocate much more funding to elevate recognition and present youth staff to intervene with those people at risk just before extra lives are shed.

Examine much more: Open up letter to Primary Minister for motion on knife crime

The Northern Echo: Victims of knife crime, clockwise, from top right: Connor Brown, Chris Cave, Tomasz Oleszak and Jack WoodleyVictims of knife criminal offense, clockwise, from major proper: Connor Brown, Chris Cave, Tomasz Oleszak and Jack Woodley (Image: Contributors)

Mrs Oleszak reported: “I desire absolutely everyone would end and imagine about their actions in advance of it is also late, ahead of the anger takes over, ahead of they make the final decision to carry the knife and destroy someone.

“As a culture we need to focus extra on our young ones, what they are up to and who with, on the life they dwell at property since all also generally mom and dad do not know what their young children are up to.”

His mother and father explained Tomasz favored all sports but liked enjoying soccer, basketball and rugby.

He liked driving his bike and listening to new music, and like most youngsters, beloved heading out with his quite a few good friends.

Tomasz experienced extended term strategies as well although and wished to keep on to do athletics and develop into an engineer.

His mom and dad say he was a wonderful part model for his very little brother, Kuba, who was six, and who looked up to him, copying everything he did.

The Northern Echo: Tomasz with his brother KubaTomasz with his brother Kuba (Picture: Contributor)

Mrs Oleszak explained: “Tomasz experienced his total existence in advance of him and options for the potential.

“As a family we have shed our caring, form-hearted, amusing Tomasz.

“He confirmed us what pure enjoy is and that is so vital no subject how prosperous you are, adore is priceless.

“We continue to aren’t dwelling in our dwelling since it is no longer our harmless position right after what has transpired to Tomasz. Nothing is the identical with no him any longer.”

The Northern Echo: Tomasz was a pupil at Cardinal Hume Catholic SchoolTomasz was a pupil at Cardinal Hume Catholic School (Image: Contributor)

The Northern Echo: Tomasz was well-liked and had many friends. Tomasz was effectively-preferred and had lots of good friends. (Image: Contributor)

The Northern Echo: Tomasz had been in the UK for around eight years Tomasz had been in the British isles for all around 8 decades (Picture: Contributor)

Mr Oleszak claimed: “The only person preserving us heading is his very little brother and we know we require to be listed here for him.

“We are not able to see our foreseeable future at the minute, where by we want to be or how we can cope.”

“We under no circumstances had an simple everyday living in Poland so came to the Uk for a greater lifestyle, which we had, and that lifetime has been taken absent from us.”

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