A teenager who was stabbed to death while cycling with his friends in north London has been named as Alan Cartwright.
The boy, 15, and his group of friends were attacked on Friday evening in Islington and emergency services were called shortly after 7.30pm.
Alan, who is from Islington, was able to cycle a short distance after the stabbing, but collapsed soon after and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Metropolitan Police. In a moving tribute on Facebook his mother, Michelle Watson, wrote: “Our baby boy xxxxxxx xxxxxxx x xxxxxxx RIP we love you always.”
A police statement said: “At this early stage it is believed the victim was cycling north on Caledonian Road with friends when they were attacked, near the junction of Copenhagen Street, by three males who were walking in the opposite direction.
“The victim suffered a single stab wound during the attack and two other members of the group had their bikes stolen. The victim managed to cycle further up Caledonian Road before collapsing.
“The suspects made off from the scene, continuing south down Caledonian Road.”
Another young boy lost to knife crime, another family destroyed. Sickening, cowardly, senseless culture. Heart is weary #PutDownYourKnives— Brooke Kinsella MBE (@brookekinsella) February 28, 2015
Brooke Kinsella, the former Eastenders actor, whose brother Ben was knifed to death in north London, wrote on Twitter: “Another young boy lost to knife crime, another family destroyed. Sickening, cowardly, senseless culture. Heart is weary.”
Ms Kinsella has been a tireless campaigner against knife crime since her brother was killed in 2008. He was celebrating the end of his GCSEs when a row erupted and he was stabbed 11 times.
Others took to Twitter to pay tribute to Alan and lament the senseless loss of life.
Just the most horrendous news hearing about Alan Cartwright, watched him grow up over his short 15 years. Friendly, kind and helpful boy.— Nicola Clarke (@clarkeyhair) February 28, 2015
Heartbreaking news of 15 yr old Alan Cartwright, murdered on the Cally last night. Just round the corner. Chills any parent no matter where— Rosie Millard (@Rosiemillard) February 28, 2015
Formal identification of the body has not yet taken place, but the victim’s identity has been confirmed by police. No arrests have been made and anyone with information should contact the police.