A collage of photographs and memorabilia of Ben Kinsella.

It's been 15 years since Ben's murder
It's been 15 years of pain
It's been 15 years of no change

It's been 15 and we need your help

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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. 

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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.

"It doesn't go away; it never goes away. I think about my son every day."


George Kinsella, Ben's Dad

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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.

1110

young people have been murdered with a knife or sharp object in the last 15 years

*young people under 24 in England and Wales.

99

young people were murdered with a knife or sharp object last year

*young people under 24 in England and Wales

29%

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.

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