Fatal stabbing near Kings Cross

York_way_stabbingTerrible news of a young man stabbed to death on North Road, near the junction with York Way (map). 

The basic facts seem to be that on Saturday night the man was drinking in Shillibeers, got involved in an altercation and was stabbed, made it as far as York Way along North Road before collapsing and later dying in hospital.  Two young men have been arrested and are being held by police.  The national press are covering the celebrity connections with their usual morbiditiy as if celebrity grief is more newsworthy than any other grieving human.  The young man, Ben Kinsella – either 16 or 18 years old seemed to have a bright future ahead of him according to reports from Holloway School where he was a student.

Adding to the sadness is that this part of Kings Cross is recovering.  The area where this took place, near the Market, York Way estates has its challenges but has improved a lot in recent years.  The Market  is being rebuilt and the York Way estate is apparently regarded as well run.  Shillibeers is a good pub attached to the Pleasance comedy theatre – a bright spot in a challenging area – and not somewhere i would asscoiate with trouble and i would be happy going for a drink there on a Saturday night.

If anyone knows anything they would like to share with the local community or pass on in confidence please drop me a line (click here).

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust , Good Things Foundation and ThreeSixtyGiving as well as Connect8.
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1 Response to Fatal stabbing near Kings Cross

  1. Paul Convery says:

    A random act of violence in the small hours of Sunday morning has shattered a family and shocked a neighbourhood.

    There is a palbable sense of distress around here. Ben was a local boy. He played football for the Copenhagen Youth Project team. His desperate phone call begging for help minutes before he died was to a young man who was the CYP’s table tennis mentor. Many of us have tangible connections with this incident, it’s timing and place. Cllr Jilani Chowdhury and his family live right next to the murder scene. All of us have probably visited Shillibeers where the original row occurred. We have all walked in daylight along North Road and into York Way … the pavement down which Ben Kinsella tried to flee from his attackers.

    This has been another truly ghastly occurence. How can it have happened? Why should a boy die whose life was completely unconnected to his attackers? And just why are young people carrying lethal weapons on a Saturday night? What causes the anger and ferocity that can turn young men into killers?

    It feels to me like we have not learned from the equally distressing death of Martin Dinnigan exactly a year ago. We have to do things that will prevent or deter young men from carrying knives and if that means some intrusion of precious liberty, so be it, because precious lives are being lost. But beyond disarming teenagers of weaponary, we must do more.

    What are we doing to reduce the source of anger and mistrust between young men? The youths that murdered Ben Kinsella were driven by social forces which turned them in a minute of insanity to behave with reckless savagery. All sorts of violent behaviour are becoming endemic amongst young people. Far too often, one encounters young people who think that aggression is the standard response to any kind of conflicting choice facing them. We desperately need activities and services that help kids to understand that violence is the wrong reaction. Co-operation, self respect and respect for others has to be strengthened by giving kids the space and resource to relate to others and to find themselves. They also need to burn energy and engage in activity that is risky yet controlled. That requires massive investment in activities for young people.

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