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Family of Ben Kinsella unveil plaque to mark his birthday

"We are so proud of him," say family of murdered teenager

02 November, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Brooke Kinsella, Ben’s father George, his older sister Jade and mother Deborah

THE family of Ben Kinsella have unveiled a plaque where he used to play football, to mark what would have been his 27th birthday.

This year marked a decade since the 16-year- old was attacked in York Way, bringing national attention to the scourge of knife crime.

The Holloway School student used to play football on the Market Road pitches, where a tribute was laid on his birthday, October 27.

His relatives said in a joint statement: “Ben loved football and he was so proud to be a part of Hawks and Holloway School football teams from a very young age.

“So, it is fitting tribute to him that on what would have been his 27th birthday we are unveiling this plaque to remember him.

“Ben was a caring person who liked to help people, he was a school mentor and a strong anti-bullying advocate.

“After Ben’s murder we were over- whelmed by the number of young people who spoke to us about the help and acts of kindness that Ben had done for them.”

In his memory, Ben’s older sister Brooke Kinsella MBE and the family launched the Ben Kinsella Trust, educating thousands of schoolchildren about the devastating impact of carrying a knife.

Speaking on the 10-year anniversary since his death in June, Ms Kinsella questioned whether there was any point to her campaign after seeing the recent escalation of violence on London’s streets. In June, the Met had already launched 46 murder investigations where the victim was stabbed.

She said: “It’s petrifying actually what’s happening. Ten years on from losing Ben, I really thought we would be able to stand up and be proud and say: ‘Look at the changes we have all made, that society has made’, and actually we are so far from that.

“We’re completely the opposite of that right now. It does kind of make you think: is there any point? Should we just give up? But, you know, I don’t think that’s the answer.”

The family added: “We are so proud of him for what he did and that his legacy, the Ben Kinsella Trust, continues to help young people to make better decisions and turn away from knife crime.

“We want to thank Islington Council for erecting this plaque at one of Ben’s favourite places in the borough.”

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