Former EastEnders actress Brooke Kinsella has said she regrets not campaigning against violent crime until after her brother Ben was murdered.

The star made the comments at the launch of a protest song against gang crime by a choir of schoolchildren from Liverpool.

She said: “I just think it puts adults and people in power to shame, I do the work that I do because I’ve been through it, and I never did any campaigning against violent crime before – that’s something that I will have to live with for the rest of my days because I can think, if I did do it, would it have helped make a massive difference?”

Ben was knifed 11 times in five seconds on June 29 last year after being chased along the street with his friends.

At the Old Bailey in June, Juress Kika, Michael Alleyne and Jade Braithwaite – aged 18-20 – were given life custody with minimum terms of 19 years for Ben’s murder in Islington, north London.

The song You’re The Voice was released on Friday as part of a project involving 6,000 pupils through school assemblies and workshops.

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