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Tragedy strikes on new year’s eve: 15-year-old arrested in fatal stabbing at London’s 2024 fireworks display

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Teenager succumbs to injuries in Primrose Hill altercation, second arrest made

In a heartbreaking incident during London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations, 16-year-old Harry Pitman lost his life in a stabbing on Primrose Hill, North London. The tragedy unfolded as the schoolboy, standing at 6ft 3in, awaited the fireworks display with friends at the 2024 New Year’s festivities.

Amid the crowd gathered to witness the fireworks, an altercation occurred at 11:40 pm, resulting in devastating consequences for Harry Pitman. Despite receiving CPR for ten minutes among onlookers, the young teenager could not be saved. The initial arrest of a 16-year-old boy at the scene, on suspicion of murder, was followed by his release on bail pending further enquiries.

Today, the Metropolitan Police revealed additional arrests in connection with the incident. A 15-year-old boy was taken into custody on suspicion of murder, and an 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of affray.

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Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Grogan, leading the investigation, provided insights into the incident, stating, “Harry had been with a group of friends near the viewing platform on Primrose Hill where they had gathered to celebrate the New Year and watch the firework display. It was there that Harry became involved in an altercation that would have devastating consequences.”

Addressing speculation on social media, DCI Grogan emphasized that there is no indication of a racial motive in the attack. The investigation continues, and the police urge anyone with footage or information related to the incident to come forward.

Outside Harry Pitman’s home, his grandfather, Philip Woolveridge, described him as a “cheeky chappy” with bright ginger hair, worn as a badge of honor. The family is devastated by the loss, and Mr. Woolveridge expressed anger, stating, “He is one of the biggest members of the family – being tall can make you a target.”

As the community mourns the loss of Harry Pitman, questions surrounding the circumstances of the altercation persist. The incident marks the 22nd teenager murdered in the capital in 2023.

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