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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 18, 2011 5:09 pm

Death of 14-year-old Leroy James is 10th fatal stabbing of a teenager in London so far this year.


Police at the scene of Leroy James's death in Enfield. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Police are appealing for help to find the killer of a 14-year-old boy who was stabbed to death at a park in Enfield, north London.

Officers said the crime had no apparent link to gangs.

Ambulance crews and police were called to Ponders End recreation ground, on the northern edge of London, at around 5.30pm on Wednesday. They found Leroy James lying fatally injured next to a wall in the centre of the park. Attempts to resuscitate him failed.

Local teenagers described Leroy, from nearby Edmonton, as a "good lad" who played sport in the park with friends and did not get into trouble. Police echoed this.

Leroy's father, also called Leroy, said his son "will forever be remembered" and that he was "just trying to keep sane" as he attended the scene of his murder.

When asked how his son would be remembered by his friends and family, he said: "I can't explain for his friends, but he will forever be remembered by me."

Speculation about any gang connection to the stabbing was "unhelpful", Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, leading the investigation, said. "There's certainly no evidence that this was gang-related," she added.

Officers were being helped by Leroy's friends but were seeking more information, she said. "People who were there will know who has done this," she added.

"We want to hear from anyone who was in the park at 5.30 and can help us … There will be a lot of people who were in the park and a lot of talk in the community. We plead with people to come forward."

Police were talking to Leroy's family and "we are really sharing their grief", she said, adding: "He was a 14-year-old boy who didn't deserve to lose his life. He was a young man with his whole life ahead of him … and didn't deserve to have his dreams and aspirations taken away."

The recreation ground was sealed off on Thursday morning, with the gate guarded by two police community support officers.

The murder scene, a basketball court, was ringed with tape, while a forensics tent stood where the body was found. Officers wearing white suits and masks could be seen examining the scene. Others were making house-to-house inquiries.

A teenager, Roxy Bagun, who lives on the other side of the park, said she knew Leroy as someone who played football and basketball there with friends.

"He was a good lad. I never saw him get into any trouble. They were sweet boys. He just hung around with kids his own age. His friends are so sweet and innocent."

She said she had seen Leroy's father arrive at the park on Wednesday evening. "His dad was in bits, crying and crying and crying. I just didn't know what to say to him."

Staff and customers at the Zua barber shop, around the corner from the park, said they had heard sirens and an air ambulance. "We thought that something had happened," the owner, who did not wish to be named, said. "I've been here about seven years and this is the first time I've heard of something serious happening. The kids here are good kids."

Darren Griffiths, who lives in a flat backing onto the recreation ground, said he had seen police taping off the area at 5.30pm.

"I knew it was something fatal," the 39-year-old father of one said. "It's normally peaceful around here. They've just built an outside gym here which is where the local kids hang out and where it's taken place. Last week we had the kids walking through the park from the riots, but apart from that it's quiet."

Leroy's death is the 10th fatal stabbing of a teenager in London so far this year, coming less than a week after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Ilford, east London, in what was believed to be a fight at the end of a party.

According to Scotland Yard figures, knife crime involving young people in London has risen almost 10% over the past year, with a bigger increase in the number of youths injured in knife attacks in the past few years.

Enfield, which has significant areas of deprivation alongside streets of comfortable suburban homes, experienced a night of riots and looting earlier this month. It spread from the town centre towards Ponders End to the east.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/18/teenager-stabbed-death-enfield


Terrible, 14 years old. My thoughts are with his family, they must be devastated Sad

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14-year-old questioned over teenager's murder

Post by Guest on Sat Aug 20, 2011 12:21 pm

Police are questioning a 14-year-old boy after a teenager died in a pool of blood near a playground.


Leroy James Photo: Nicholas Razzell

A second boy, aged 15, has been released on police bail following the stabbing of 14-year-old Leroy James. He is due to return next month pending further inquiries, Scotland Yard said.

Both boys were arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday after Leroy was left slumped against a park wall following the incident in Enfield, north London, on Wednesday.

The victim's father, also called Leroy, said his son "will forever be remembered" and that he was "just trying to keep sane" in the wake of his death. Arsenal fan Leroy, who had said he wanted to be a footballer, was the youngest of 10 teenagers murdered in the capital this year.

Horrified witnesses described him as "sweet", as his father said paramedics failed to revive him at the scene in Ponders End recreation ground.

Mr James, 41, said he was due to take the boy to Jamaica to see his mother in December, and Leroy was looking forward to it. "He was a pretty quiet boy," he said. "He didn't really talk much." Mr James, from Edmonton Green, said he last spoke to his son in the morning and that he found out about the attack when one of his son's friends called him.

With two further teenage stabbings in Oxford Street – Britain's busiest shopping area – on Wednesday night, Scotland Yard have moved to dismiss fears that London was in the grip of a wave of gang violence. Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Goode, the investigating officer, said: "There's certainly no evidence or any intelligence at this time that this is a gang-related murder."

Leroy was the eighth teenager stabbed to death in the capital this year. He was pronounced dead at the scene after officers arrived at the scene at 5.30pm. Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident, which they said took place when the park was "incredibly busy".

A post-mortem examination carried out at Haringey Mortuary found that Leroy died from a single stab wound, Scotland Yard said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/8712847/14-year-old-questioned-over-teenagers-murder.html

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Schoolboy, 14, charged with murder of Leroy James

Post by Guest on Sun Aug 21, 2011 10:09 am

Teenager accused of stabbing 14-year-old Arsenal fan to death at park in Enfield, north London, last week.


Leroy James holds a picture of his son, also called Leroy, who was stabbed to death in Enfield. Photograph: James Edgar/PA

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of the schoolboy Leroy James, also 14, who was found with a single stab wound in a park in Enfield, north London on Wednesday.

The accused teenager was also charged with the possession of an offensive weapon and will appear at Enfield magistrates court on Monday.

The boy was arrested with a second teenager on suspicion of murder on Thursday. They were both questioned by police and the other boy, 15, was released on police bail and is due to return next month pending further inquiries.

The victim's father, also called Leroy James, said his son "will forever be remembered" and that he was "just trying to keep sane" in the wake of his death.

Leroy Jr, who supported Arsenal and wanted to be a footballer, was the youngest of 10 teenagers murdered in the capital this year. Horrified witnesses described him as "sweet", as his father said paramedics failed to revive him at the scene in Ponders End recreation ground.

James, 41, said he was due to take his son to Jamaica to see his mother in December, and Leroy was looking forward to it. "He was a pretty quiet boy," he said. "He didn't really talk much."

James, from Edmonton Green, said he last spoke to his son in the morning and that he found out about the attack when one of his son's friends called him. Leroy was the eighth teenager stabbed to death in the capital this year.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to the incident, which they said took place when the park was "incredibly busy".

A post-mortem examination carried out in Haringey found that Leroy died from a single stab wound, Scotland Yard said. Anyone with information about the incident should call 020 8358 0400.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/aug/21/leroy-james-murder-boy-charged

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Post by Guest on Mon Aug 22, 2011 6:36 pm

That poor man, don't know how he will cope.

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