‘He always stood up for what was right’ – family tribute to stab victimon January 2, 2024 at 11:32 am

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A boy arrested on suspicion of murder after Harry Pitman died on New Year’s Eve is released on bail.

Harry PitmanImage source, Met Police

The sister of a 16-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed on New Year’s Eve has said their family are “devastated”.

Harry Pitman, from Haringey, was stabbed in Primrose Hill, north London, at about 23:40 GMT on Sunday.

His older sister Tayla, 19, paid tribute to him and said he “always stood up for what was right”.

A 16-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail pending further inquiries, the Met Police said.

The force said officers were “working at pace” to establish what happened.

Police officers conduct a fingertip search on Primrose Hill, Camden

Image source, PA Media

Tayla told the MailOnline: “I keep on expecting him to come through the front door. His dinner is still in the oven, mum can’t bring herself to remove it.”

She added: “I’m devastated, he was my baby brother.”

Harry’s 18-year-old brother Patrick told The Times: “The night before he was killed we were playing video games and reminiscing because we are getting older, though now he is never getting any older.”

Alex Rosen, head of St Thomas More Catholic School, said Harry was a “beloved former pupil” who was a “bright and promising young soul”.

“Harry touched the lives of many with his infectious laughter and enthusiasm for life,” he said.

“He will be remembered for his many qualities, particularly his resilience and the positive impact he had on those around him.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Harry’s family during this heart-breaking time. May he rest in peace.”

Police officers in forensic suits on Primrose Hill, Camden

Image source, PA Media

Detectives investigating the incident appealed for photos and videos from the park where Harry was attacked.

Supt Danny Hewitt, from the Met Police, said: “We need to hear from anybody who saw anything that may be significant.”

He said a “large group of people” had gathered at the park to see in the new year and watch London’s fireworks when Harry was killed.

Officers at the scene of the stabbing

“If you have not yet come forward please make contact now. I know that many people have images and footage from Primrose Hill, especially around the time of the murder,” he added.

“I urge them to share that material with us by the dedicated link in our appeals.”

He said his thoughts were with Harry’s family, who are being supported by a dedicated team.

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