Police have released shocking CCTV footage of the attack on Alan Cartwright that led to his death. Be warned that this CCTV from above the Cally Road shows three people attacking Alan and his friends.
I have thought about whether to post this dreadful video on this website – but I want to support the police in their appeal for witnesses and information, they have released this footage to serve that purpose. The precise location of the attack was outside the grocery store and electrical shop on the Cally just South of the junction with Copenhagen Street.
Have you seen the stolen bikes, do you recognise the descriptions of the suspects, were you driving or walking past or were you on a bus on the Cally? Contact the police on the details below – they will treat information sensitively and anonymously.
If you want to join up with others trying to combat Islington knife crime see the Facebook group Islington Unites.
The police say in their appeal:
Detectives investigating the murder of 15-year old Alan Cartwright in Islington, have released CCTV of the moment he was attacked.
The moving footage shows Alan, from Islington, and three friends riding their bikes north along Caledonian Road, near the junction of Copenhagen Street, N1 on Friday, 27 February at 19.34hrs.
Without warning two suspects [Suspects one and two] step off the pavement from the right-hand side, into the road in front of Alan and his friends.
‘Suspect one’ immediately stabs Alan in the chest, whilst ‘Suspect two’ lunges at one of Alan’s friends, knocking him off his bike.
At the same time, a third suspect [Suspect three] crossed the road from the left-hand side and grabbed another of Alan’s friends and pulled him off his bike.
‘Suspect one’ rode south down Caledonian Road with suspect three on the back of the stolen bicycle.
‘Suspect two’ also left the scene on the bike he had just robbed and headed south along Caledonian Road.
Alan managed to continue a short distance near to the junction with Twyford Street, N1 before he collapsed. Police and the London Ambulance Service were called to the location, where the teenager was pronounced dead a short time later.
A post-mortem examination on Monday, 2 March gave the cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest.
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.”
The bicycles stolen during the incident are described as:
A red “Specialized Hard Rock” mountain bike with disc brakes and black electrical tape on the frame. The second bike stolen is a black and red “Specialized Vita” pedal cycle with the word ‘Specialized’ in white, and a red stripe on the frame.
The three suspects are described as follows:
‘Suspect one’ is described as a male youth of slim build. He is believed to have been wearing a grey or dark coloured hooded top and dark bottom’s which could have had a keychain hanging from the rear pocket. He was wearing some sort of face covering but is thought to be white.
‘Suspect two’ is described as a male youth who was slim to medium build. He was wearing a black sleeveless jacket with a black hooded top underneath. He was wearing a shoulder bag across his body. He was also wearing a type of face covering but is thought to be black.
‘Suspect three’ is a male youth of medium build. He was wearing a thee-quarter length coat with a hood, which appeared to have some sort of trim around it. He is wearing a dark top with a multi-coloured motif on the chest. He is wearing lighter coloured bottoms and dark shoes. He is also covering his face. There is no information as to his ethnicity.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via crimestoppers-uk.org.