Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TV Star in Heartbreak Appeal

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

TV Star in Heartbreak Appeal

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BIRDS Of A Feather star Linda Robson today made an emotional appeal for tougher penalties for carrying knives after the death of teenager Ben Kinsella over the weekend.

The TV actress said the grief of the family of the 16-year-old, who was stabbed to death early on Sunday morning after visiting a London club, was unimaginable.

Her teenage son, Louis, who was friends with Ben, cradled the schoolboy as he lay dying, she revealed, but was unaware of his multiple injuries.

She said: "There has got to be some way of stopping children picking up knives. If they are found with a knife, they have got to be sent away somewhere, like borstal used to be. They should be made to pay for what they have done."

The emotional appeal came after Ben's sister made a similar plea yesterday.

Brooke Kinsella, 24, best known for playing Kelly Taylor in EastEnders, paid tribute to a "true angel" as she spoke of her family's loss.

Pleading for young people to put away their knives, she said: "We always knew Ben would make a mark in this world and although this is in the worst possible circumstances, hopefully he will be the one that finally puts an end to this. …

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