Matthew’s Sheffield family travel to London for campaign

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FAMILY members of a Sheffield teenager killed in Greece will attend a high-level meeting this week, which they hope will bring to an end their four year campaign for justice.

Matthew Cryer’s parents David Cryer and Joanne Froud will travel to London tomorrow for a meeting with their respective MPs Clive Betts and Natascha Engel.

The group of four will then travel on to the Parliament Street offices of David Lidington MP where they will ask the Minister for Europe to help them find justice.

Matthew’s parents will explain to the Minister how their 17-year-old son Matthew died at the foot of a steep flight of stairs at the Cocktails and Dreams nightclub in Laganas, Zante, in July 2008.

Greek authorities had claimed Matthew, who grew up in Frecheville and Killamarsh, fell down the steps and choked on his own vomit - but a coroner in England ruled he had been unlawfully killed after hearing he had been beaten up by bouncers and thrown down the steps.

A post mortem examination found 20 separate injuries on his battered body.

Ever since the inquest his family have campaigned, with the support of The Star, to bring those responsible to justice.

And Mr Cryer says the four years that have passed since the campaign was launched have been the longest and most frustrating part of his life.

He said: “We’re not after revenge. All we have ever wanted is to see the person or persons who did this to Matthew dealt with in a proper manner.

But it seems every step forward we take the Greek authorities put more obstacles in our way.

“We have the full support of our local MPs and even the Prime Minister David Cameron has given his backing to our Justice for Matt campaign.

“We hope that, as Minister for Europe, Mr Lidington will be in a position where he can bring pressure to bear on the Greek authorities.

“It’s been so frustrating but we have to remain optimistic that justice will be done.

“We have to do it for Matt.”