The Specials’ Neville Staple has shared sadness after Grandson’s fatal stabbing

Neville Staple, one of the founders of the two-tone movement at the helm of the iconic Ska band The Specials has today shared he is “devastated” by the loss of his Grandson due to knife crime.

Staple, a leader of the band, took to Facebook: “We are truly devastated to announce the heartbreaking loss of my grandson Fidel (my daughter Melanie’s son), who died today as a result of being attacked with a knife in the street.

“We want to thank the hospital staff and surgeons at UHCW University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, who battled all day to try and save him.

“My beautiful daughter Melanie and wife Christine Sugary, all the family and myself are still shocked by this tragedy, but would like to thank you all for the kindness and messages we have received.”

Staple went on to confirm that some recent scheduled performances will still go on “Thank you for your messages of support during our personal tragedy.”

“My wife Christine Sugary Staple and I have decided that our shows this week, in Coventry and Brighton, will go on and will be dedicated to our grandson Fidel and daughter Melanie (who asked that we still perform).

“We ask that you help us turn our pain into a message. Let’s show the young people that this knife trend has to stop.”

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