Anti-knife crime concert delayed


[from BBC News]

Anti-knife crime concert delayed

Ben Kinsella

Ben Kinsella’s family pushed back the concert to 2009

The family of Ben Kinsella, stabbed to death in north London, have postponed an anti knife crime concert.

Ben, 16, of Islington, north London, who was EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella’s brother, died in June.

The Kinsella family had planned to hold the Street Peace Live concert in Finsbury Park on 21 September.

A spokesman said the concert was being put back so as not to clash with any legal trial and to give more artists the chance to take part.

Date problems

Juress Kika and Michael Alleyne, both 18, and Jade Braithwaite, 19, have been accused of Ben’s murder and will appear at the Old Bailey in October for a preliminary hearing.

The Kinsella family spokesman said: “The family feel they need to spend time focusing on the forthcoming trial and grieving for their loss at this painful and sad time.

“The Street Peace Live concert will still be taking place and will be moved to summer 2009, this also allows so many other huge artists to be involved as so many wanted to show their support by performing but due to commitments on the 21st unfortunately had to decline.”

When the concert was announced, Miss Kinsella said: “We need to do something about it (knife crime) and this concert will show the government people care and want a change.

“All the families want this to show their children have not died in vain.”

[from Music news Virgin media]

Anti-knife crime concert postponed

The concert for murdered Ben Kinsella has been postponedThe concert for murdered Ben Kinsella has been postponed

An anti-knife crime concert organised by the family of murdered teenager Ben Kinsella has been postponed, it’s been announced.

The concert, which was to have been held on Sunday September 21 in Finsbury Park, will now take place next summer.

A spokesman for the Kinsella family said: “The family feel they need to spend time focusing on the forthcoming trial and grieving for their loss at this painful and sad time.

“The Street Peace Live concert will still be taking place and will be moved to summer 2009, this also allows so many other huge artists to be involved as so many wanted to show their support by performing but due to commitments on the 21st unfortunately had to decline.”

Ben, the brother of former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella, died after he was stabbed during a night out in north London on June 29. Three teenagers have been charged with his murder.

Miss Kinsella, who played Kelly Taylor in the TV soap, said when the concert for 40,000 people was announced: “We need to do something about it (knife crime) and this concert will show the Government people care and want a change.

“All the families want this to show their children have not died in vain. This is the chance to make a difference.”

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One Comment Add yours

  1. suzie says:

    im sorry for the familys loss

    regards i no wat it is like to lose sum1 u love in a terrible way!

    n alot of people say the good die young so keep ur heads up high things will get better in time and just coz ben aint here in person dont mean his not sitting beside u!!

    remember him for all the good things he done, no ones perfect we all get ourselfs in trouble its how u get ur self out of it that determines ur life!!!

    unfortuneatly for ben this time he got caught out!!

    rip

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