There has been wall to wall press coverage of the guilty verdict in the appalling Ben Kinsella murder case. One article was more thoughtful than the mainstream and covered the alleged role of the local organised crime families, notably the Adams in the suspects decision to hand themselves in. Organised crime is a real issue in Kings Cross, it rarely breaks the surface and is the stuff of many myths and legends. The Observer piece captures a good balance:
'Prosecutor Nicholas Hillard QC told the Old Bailey jury that the notorious family "weren't happy with a killing on the streets of their area," and that the Adamses were making inquiries to find those responsible.'
One of the more chilling aspects for me were these quotes from senior detective
The work of local youth groups such as CYP, Sparkplug, Times Boxing Club and Prospex is an important bulwark against this distrubing trend – providing continuity, stability and guidance in the lives of local young men and women.