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Murder investigation launched after fatal stabbing of 15 year old cyclist in Islington

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Police are seeking information after the fatal stabbing of a 15 year old cyclist in Islington last night.

The victim has been named as Alan Cartwright who lived in Islington.

Family, friends and local people have created a street memorial in his memory at the scene of where he died.

Images by londonmultimedianews.com reporter Jacqueline Shoen

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Emergency services were contacted at 7.36 pm after reports of a young male collapsing in the Caledonian Road.

Alan Cartwright was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alan Cartwright, 15, of Islington.

Alan Cartwright, 15, of Islington. Image: Released by the Met Police

Police believe that he was cycling along Caledonian Road with friends before being attacked by three males walking from the opposite direction.

The attack occurred near the junction of Copenhagen Street.


The junction of Caledonian Road and Copenhagen Street near where the attack took place.

Alan suffered a single stab wound and managed to cycle further up Caledonian Road before collapsing near the junction with Twyford Street.

Two other members of the group had their bicycles stolen during the altercation but there are no reports of any other injuries.

The suspects made off from the scene, continuing south down Caledonian Road.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones from Homicide and Major Crime Command is leading the investigation, and said:

Caledonian Road would have been very busy at the time of the incident and I would appeal to anyone who witnessed this attack, or may have any information as to who is responsible, to come forward and speak to police.

Anyone with any information related to the attack is urged to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

People have taken to Twitter to post tributes to Alan, including former Eastenders actor Brooke Kinsella, who founded the Ben Kinsella Trust to raise knife-crime awareness after her brother was stabbed to death aged 16 in North London in 2008.

Tributes to Alan have been left on Caledonian Road.

Tributes to Alan on Caledonian Road. Image: Jacqueline Shoen.

Tributes to Alan on Caledonian Road. Image: Jacqueline Shoen.

Image: Jacqueline Shoen.

Image: Jacqueline Shoen.

Image: Jacqueline Shoen.

Image: Jacqueline Shoen.

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