Police reassure communities after tragic death of Ben Kinsella

Police in Camden have vowed to protect communities from knife crime after the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy at the weekend. Ben Kinsella, from Islington, died from stab wounds in York Way, near King s Cross, in the early hours of Sunday. His death follo

Police in Camden have vowed to protect communities from knife crime after the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy at the weekend.

Ben Kinsella, from Islington, died from stab wounds in York Way, near King's Cross, in the early hours of Sunday.

His death followed a disturbance at the Shillibeers pub in North Road where he had been celebrating the end of his GCSEs.

Ben, who is the brother of EastEnders star Brooke Kinsella, was walking just a short distance from where former Acland Burghley school pupil Tommy Winston was knifed to death by a friend in Brecknock Road in January 2006.


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The talented Holloway school pupil is the 17th teenager to be killed on London's streets leading to serious concern in communities across the capital.

"We are obviously aware of this stabbing and we are looking at how it will impact on us," said inspector Clive French, head of the safer schools partnership. "We don't want these problems spreading to Camden.

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"We are trying to stop kids carrying knives and are doing everything we can to keep knife crime low in this borough.

"The fact this incident happened so close will keep us on our toes."

Officers from Camden will be liaising with their colleagues in Islington to make sure there are no knock on effects from the weekend's incident.

The leader of Camden Council Keith Moffitt has also held talks with his counterpart in Islington Cllr James Kempton about what can be done around Kings Cross and York Way, which acts as a border between the two boroughs.

Schools have also been asked to pass on a list of the most at risk pupils to police so they can be monitored.

And in the future Inspector French said search arches could be used for the first time outside the borough's schools.

"I have a couple of schools interested. But this will purely be an educational trial. The arches will not be used for schools which have problems with knives. We don't have any schools in the borough with those problems," said inspector French.

On Monday four youths were arrested on suspicion of the murder of Ben Kinsella. The youths, all aged in their late teens cannot be named for legal reasons.

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