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Arrests made in Alan Cartwright bike murder

Alan Cartwright died after senseless stabbing
Alan Cartwright died after senseless stabbing

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering schoolboy Alan Cartwright, who was stabbed to death while riding a bicycle with his friends.

An 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old youth were arrested in the early hours of this morning, the Metropolitan Police said.

The arrests follow an emotional appeal by Alan's family for witnesses to come forward to help track down the 15-year-old's killers.

Police released "shocking" footage of the moment the schoolboy was stabbed in the chest as he cycled with friends along a busy road in Islington, north London.

He managed to continue riding a short distance after the attack in Caledonian Road on Friday, but soon collapsed and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

A second suspect is shown lunging at one of the teenager's friends and knocking him off his bike, while a third crosses the road and grabs another friend to pull him off his bicycle.

A post-mortem examination found Alan died from a single stab wound to the chest.

His mother and sister described the army cadet and Celtic and Arsenal fan as a "joker" who loved bikes and never caused any trouble.

Fighting back tears during an appeal yesterday, Alan's mother Michelle Watson, 39, said: "He always made you laugh about anything and everything. He was just the funny one out of his friends.

"I feel angry, I want somebody found for this. I just feel numb."