Actress Linda Robson called for tougher penalties for those found carrying knives as she spoke of the anguish being suffered by the family of murdered teen Ben Kinsella.

Ben, the younger brother of ex-EastEnders‘ star Brooke Kinsella, was stabbed to death in Islington, north London, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Linda’s teenage son, Louis, who was close friends with 16-year-old Ben, cradled the stabbed schoolboy as he lay dying, she revealed, but was unaware at the time of his multiple injuries.

Speaking on GMTV on Tuesday, Birds Of A Feather star Linda called on parents to take responsibility for their children and know about their whereabouts.

“We have these children, they are our responsibility until the day we die. I do not know what the answer is – I am not not a politician, I am a mother, and all I am saying is that someone out there has got to do something.”

“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, there’s no court cases, there is no out on bail.

“They are sent away somewhere, like borstal used to be… but get them to work, don’t leave them laying in prison watching telly.

“They should be made to pay for what they have done.”

Linda also spoke of the scenes of turmoil at the Kinsella family home on Sunday.

“The girls were wailing and wearing Ben’s clothes and finding all this GCSE coursework…” she told GMTV.

Two 16-year-old boys arrested in connection with the investigation have been bailed to return to a north London police station on a date in late August.