Ben's killing was due to the culture of young people ensuring they were "respected," the trial heard. It followed a number of high-profile killings last summer, including Rob Knox and Jimmy Mizen and led to renewed calls to stop knife crime.
The verdict comes as knife crime continues to take a toll on young people caught up in a culture of violence. You can see the extent of Britain's deadly knife crime in this timeline on the BBC News website: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7774456.stm
Back in January this year, Panorama asked the question, why are so many of Britain's youth arming themselves with knives? And why do some kill?
Reporter Raphael Rowe gained rare access to jails to interview those responsible - the young offenders convicted of carrying, using or even killing with a knife. The programme provides a thoughtful and sobering insight into the lives and minds of those at the centre of a highly-charged national debate.
The MMR debate is back in the news, with calls growing for compulsory
MMR vaccinations for children attending school and nursery.
Last Tuesday, the Welsh health minister Edwina Hart said she was exploring options for compulsory vaccination in response to the largest measles outbreak in Wales in the last 20 years. And on Thursday, the public health expert Sir Sandy Macara gave his backing to compulsory vaccines.
Uptake of the MMR vaccine fell sharply after controversial research wrongly linked it to a raised risk of autism.
Back in 2002, award-winning Panorama reporter Sarah Barclay sorted the fact from the fiction about the triple jab and asked what the Government should do to avert a measles epidemic in MMR: Every Parent's Choice.