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Neighbours raise money to help family of mother-of-four who died from stab wounds

40-year-old Jason Bell is charged with murder and false imprisonment

12 October, 2021

Nicole Hurley

DEVASTATED neighbours in Primrose Hill are raising money to help the family of a mother-of-four who died from stab wounds.

Nicole Hurley, who was in her 30s, was found injured at a property in Broxwood Way on Sunday.

Detectives arrested 40-year-old Jason Bell and have charged him with murder, false imprisonment and driving a motor vehicle dangerously. He is due to appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court today (Tuesday).

Last night, councillors at the Town Hall called for emergency debate on violence against women and girls, with Camden’s new borough police commander Andy Carter expected to be asked to appear.


SEE ALSO: APPEAL PAGE: IN MEMORY OF NICOLE HURLEY


The family’s neighbours in the Kingsland’s housing block have now appealed for help to raise money on behalf of Ms Hurley’s children.

“These children have been the heart of our community,” the appeal said.

“They help carry groceries for you if they see you carrying bags. They offer to water your plants when you are away. They come and offer to help to paint and repair whenever someone is busy tinkering. These children are not average. These children are extraordinary, and this is a testament to their incredible mother. They are bright, ambitious, curious and generous. They are four individuals that give you hope in what the future generation will bring”.

It added: “In one evening these children lost everything. The objective of this fundraiser is to fully fund the funeral and associated costs to help this family through this difficult time. Whatever extra money we can fundraise will go to support these four unbelievably incredible children rebuild their lives.

“We can’t change the past but we can have an impact on the future. As a community let’s rally together and show our love.”

Flowers outside Nicole Hurley’s home in Broxwood Way

Around £7,000 had been raised so far last night (Monday).

Details of the circumstances cannot be discussed now due to the legal proceedings, but council leader Councillor Georgia Gould said she agreed with a call from Lib Dem group leader Councillor Luisa Porritt for a special debate at the Town Hall on violence against women.

Cllr Porritt said in relation to a series of cases in which women have died, including Sarah Everard who was abducted and murdered by a police officer in south London earlier this year: “It’s absolutely shocking what has been going on. We hear these names all the time. Sarah Everard, Sabina Nessa, Nicole Smallman, Bibaa Henry and we don’t want to hear about ‘thoughts and prayers’ anymore.”

“We don’t want to hear about reactions after the event. The focus needs to be on what are we actually going to do to stamp out misogynistic behaviour. We’re tired of being told to flag down buses, and this latest idea to have an app that tracks our every move. When we’re already in danger, it’s not good enough.”

Cllr Gould told the meeting: “I know that we will make sure that we remember her [Ms Hurley’s] name and her tragic death is a painful reminder of why the work to protect women and girls is just so important.

“Violence against women and girls is an epidemic. More than two women a week die because of male violence and I hope that at a future council meeting, we will be discussing this .”

 

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