THE mother of a man killed last year at the scene of the latest murder has spoken of how seeing it “smacked me in the face”.

Jane Ormerod’s son Nicholas was stabbed by homeless alcoholic Mark Haylock in a flat near Roumelia Lane in April last year before stumbling out into the street with fatal injuries.

The latest killing is thought to have happened in almost the same spot.

Speaking at her Southbourne home yesterday, Jane told the Daily Echo: “I had a text message but hadn’t read it. I saw all of the road cordoned off and it smacked me in the face.

“It’s a death, it’s a murder and it’s a crime – somewhere people have to say enough is enough.”

The police cordon at Roumelia Lane takes in the flowers left for Nicholas, which are changed each week.

Jane added: “Today another mother is in the same situation that I was in 15 months ago.

“When you get that knock on the door to say your son is dead, your life changes and it never goes back.

“It doesn’t just end with the firing of a gun, it doesn’t just end with the taking of a life, the ripples go far and wide.”

Jane is one of the people behind the Turn Your Back On Knife Crime campaign, which is being launched next week.

She said: “Since Nicholas you think to yourself we’ve had several stabbings since then, last week we had the guy decapitated and now a guy that’s been shot – it’s frightening.

“Alcohol, drugs and prostitution certainly is an issue.

“I remember when Nicholas died I spoke to the family liaison officer and said if the building is an issue and the people there are an issue why are they still there?

“Clearly keeping an eye on them is not working. Why is it we don’t teach our children that there are other ways to deal with issues than to pick up a gun or a knife?

“The aim of the campaign is to get some education going for kids.

“Why does anybody need to carry a knife or gun on the streets of a town? There’s no justification for that.

“There needs to be a sit-down discussion with the powers that can change things and do more than just keep an eye on them.

“This campaign is not something I ever thought I would be involved in. Now I’m shouting from the rooftops because now is the time.

“We’re never going to wipe out crime, but if we all sit back and feel sorry and do nothing then how is it going to change?

“I have a granddaughter who’s 18 months old and I’m frightened because in 18 years’ time what sort of environment will we be living in?”

SPEAKING at the scene was Neil McKechnie a friend of Nicholas Ormerod, who was killed in the same lane last year.

He said: “It shows how Boscombe ’s gone. It’s a shock to see it all in the same place. It’s horrible to see it a year later in the same block of flats. I was born here and I’ve seen it deteriorate.”

Justin Guy was also a friend of Nicholas.

He added: “It’s really sad. It brings it all back, what happened to Nicholas Ormerod.”

By Jane Reader POLICE are investigating the possibility that the terrifying murder could be linked to London drug gangs known to use extreme violence.

Massive police operations in the capital and elsewhere have led to the gangs operating in increasing numbers of towns and cities across the UK.

In Southampton, just 30 miles from Bournemouth, police have launched Operation Fortress to tackle dealers using guns and knives to control the city.

Officers said armed raiders have smashed their way into homes to settle scores and collect debts and incidents have included one where a 27-year-old man was shot in both legs after meeting up with two men in a flat.

Drug-related shootings and multiple stabbings have increased in the city and innocent members of the public have been affected as violence spills over into the community.

Most of the crimes have involved young men with links to London drugs gangs who don’t hesitate to use levels of violence not seen before on the streets of Hampshire or Dorset.

Launching the operation in May, Detective Inspector Gary Towse said: “We want to drive them out of the city and do everything in our power to deter others from coming here in the first place.

“If we don’t do anything then Southampton becomes easy ground.”

THE cabinet member for regeneration said she was “extremely shocked and saddened” at the death.

Cllr Jane Kelly, also a ward councillor for Boscombe West, said: “I appreciate residents will be very concerned and we would like to reassure them we are working closely with the police to tackle crime in Boscombe.

“Unfortunately, there is no one quick fix and this will not happen overnight.

“That is why the Boscombe Regeneration Partnership is fully committed to tackling key issues in the area, including crime, housing, unemployment and education.

“As a local resident, I can say the area is generally safe but unfortunately we’ve seen a number of incidents which is a great shame and over-shadows the positive work.

“We have a strong community spirit in Boscombe.”

She pointed to work in Roumelia Lane during 2010 and 2011 to install CCTV, better street lights, and resurface the road.

Ongoing work in Boscombe generally includes improvements to housing, Churchill Gardens and Boscombe Crescent, and European grant funding bids.