Terrible 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.
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