LONDON, ENGLAND – A 16-year-old boy named Harry Pitman was tragically stabbed to death just moments before midnight while celebrating New Year’s Eve in central London. The incident occurred at Primrose Hill, a popular spot for watching fireworks across the city. The victim was fatally wounded at 11:30pm, prompting a murder investigation codenamed Operation Booknote.
The boy’s mother is reportedly “very distraught” following the tragic event, with witnesses describing the chaotic scene as revellers fled in terror and police rushed to the teenager’s aid. Despite efforts to save him, Pitman was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities have arrested a suspect on suspicion of murder, and the boy’s family is being supported by specialist officers. Metropolitan Police are appealing for witnesses, as they believe the area was busy with people at the time of the stabbing.
According to witness accounts, the incident unfolded quickly and shocked bystanders, with some expressing concern for the impact on families and children who were present. Extensive police cordons remain in place as forensic examinations are conducted, and officials are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and other public figures have expressed their condolences and called for justice in the wake of the tragedy. As the investigation continues, authorities are seeking mobile phone footage or other material that can aid in their efforts to bring the perpetrator to justice.