LONDON — A 16-year-old boy was stabbed to loss of life on a hilltop overlooking central London as crowds gathered to look at New Yr’s Eve fireworks, police mentioned Monday.
Harry Pitman was with buddies on Primrose Hill simply earlier than midnight when he grew to become concerned in a dispute that turned lethal, Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Grogan mentioned. Efforts to revive him failed.
“He was a younger man with the remainder of his life forward of him,” Grogan mentioned. “His household are understandably devastated.”
A boy the identical age was arrested on suspicion of homicide and was being held in custody, police mentioned.
Detectives had been searching for info from witnesses who had been among the many lots of of individuals gathered on the hill adjoining to Regent’s Park. It’s surrounded by streets of rich houses and can also be close to a number of public housing towers.
The Royal Parks famous on its web site that the hill traditionally was a spot the place duels and prizefights had been as soon as fought.
The park sometimes closes at night time however it was scheduled to be open till 1 a.m. Monday to view town’s fireworks show alongside the Thames River 3 miles (5 kilometers) to the south.
Primrose Hill was closed Monday as officers unfold out trying to find proof within the grass and a forensics staff labored close to the place the stabbing occurred.