*young people under 24 in England and Wales.
It's been 15
15 years since Ben Kinsella lost his life to knife crime.
15 years of unending pain and grief.
15 years without any substantial progress.
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Photo: Georgia, Jade, Ben, Brooke
It's been 15 years since Ben Kinsella lost his life to knife crime
Ben was just 16 years old when he went out one night to celebrate the end of his GCSEs. He was stabbed that night – 11 times in 5 seconds – over an incident which had nothing to do with him. He never came home.
29th June 2023 is the 15th Anniversary of Ben’s death.
It's been 15 years of pain
The human cost of knife crime is immeasurable.
15 years since Ben's murder, the pain and suffering continues. In Ben's Dad's own words, "The pain never goes away, you just learn to deal with it better". Ben's death has been life changing for his family, who have never been the same since.
But it's not just Ben's family who continue to live with the pain of Ben's death. His friends, his community, and even those who never met Ben continue to grieve for his loss.
It's been 15 years of pain.
15 years of no progress. 15 years of no change.
Ben Kinsella was murdered in 2008. He was just 16.
That year, 77 young people under 24 lost their life to knife crime. In 2022, that figure has increased to 99. More disturbingly, the average number of young people who lost their life to knife crime each year over the last 15 years 74.
We have made no progress whatsoever. Knife crime has been a problem for an entire generation.
young people have been murdered with a knife or sharp object in the last 15 years
young people were murdered with a knife or sharp object last year
*young people under 24 in England and Wales
increase in the number of young people murdered with a knife or sharp object since 2008, the year Ben died
*young people under 24 in England and Wales. Year ending March 2009 vs March 2022.