THE parents of a murdered Scots teenager have called on the local community not to seek revenge for his death.
Dale Bennett, 17, died in an alleged stabbing incident in Gorebridge, Midlothian, on Saturday.
A 20-year-old man has appeared in court charged with his murder.
Dale’s parents, Garry and Michelle, appealed on the 16th of February 2011 for the local community to remain calm in the wake of their son’s death.
Garry said: “People who knew Dale would know that he was the kind of lad who would not want any retribution sought for his death, and we would like to appeal to the local communities to respect his memory.”
Family’s wishes are important
Inspector Mike Bennett, of Lothian and Borders Police, added that it was important for the local community to respect his family’s wishes.
He said: “We are aware that there are tensions in the aftermath of Dale’s death, however it is important that everyone respects the wishes of his parents, and refrains from seeking any kind of retribution.
“It is equally important that anyone who has information about Dale’s death, who has not yet been in touch with police, comes forward immediately.”
Six local councillors who represent the area all expressed their deepest condolences to Dale’s family, and backed their appeal for calm.
Dale’s parents also urged anyone with information who has not yet been in touch with police to come forward.
Garry said: “Michelle and I are appealing to anyone who has information about our son’s murder to come forward and speak to the police as soon as possible, and for those who are working with police to fully co-operate.
Dale died in an incident in the town’s Newbyres Crescent in Gorebridge on Saturday (February 12). A 20-year-old man has already appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, charged with his murder.