The Met Police have released CCTV of the moment 15 year old Alan Cartwright receives a fatal stab wound to the chest and his friends are attacked and have their bikes stolen on the Caledonian Road.
The material is being put into the public domain with the permission of Alan’s family in order to assist the investigation into his murder and the other crimes committed during the incident on Friday evening.
The attack takes place in a matter of seconds.
Alan continued riding his bike for a few more yards before collapsing and dying in the road.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Jones, who leads the investigation for the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:
The footage of the suspects attacking Alan and his friends is truly shocking. Alan stood no chance of defending himself against his attacker who casually stepped out in front of him and stabbed him in the chest.
Identifying and arresting the suspects is our absolute priority. We are working tirelessly and the investigation is moving at a fast pace.
It is obvious from the footage that Caledonian Road is busy with cars and pedestrians. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses who have provided helpful information to the investigation; however I would like to re-appeal to anyone who may know something about Alan’s murder and the robbery of the bikes.
Where are the two bicycles that were taken? Someone may have noticed a new bike brought home or perhaps you have been offered a similar bike for sale? If so, I would urge you to contact the police.
I would like to reassure anyone who is worried about contacting the police that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.