It is with great sadness that it is being reported in the national media and on social media that a former Heartlands student, a 17 year old young man, was stabbed on the 19th January 2021 on West Green Rd. It is reported that he died in the early hours of the 20th January 2021 in hospital. Our thoughts are with his family who have been devastated by these events. This is a tragic loss of a life at such a young age.
Police are yet to officially name the victim. We will not confirm his name in communication until this point; out of respect for his family. The death of any child is both shocking and incredibly upsetting. We are aware the sudden, violent and senseless nature of his death will make it even more difficult for us all to process.
I have written to parents, I will write to students tomorrow and I will continue to communicate throughout the coming weeks. As adults it is often very difficult to answer the questions children have in situations such as this. These links might help you in how you can help children process this;
If children need immediate help they can visit kooth.com. If you would like to reach out to ask for help over the coming days for your child, or any family member, please do email me.
Police statement: click HERE and printed below
Police were called at 21:10hrs on Tuesday, 19 January to West Green Road, junction with Willow Walk N15, following reports of a stabbing.
Officers attended with LAS and found a male, aged 17-years-old, suffering from a stab injury.
CPR was administered at the scene before the victim was taken to hospital. Sadly he was pronounced dead at 04:25hrs.
His next of kin are aware and are being supported by specialist officers.
At this early stage there have been no arrests.
Homicide Detectives are investigating led by Detective Chief Inspector Jane Topping.
Acting North Area Commander Superintendent Simon Crick, said: “This is a dreadfully sad loss of life and I understand how shocked the community will be. I want them to know that they can expect to see more officers in the area and to approach them if they want to discuss any concerns or share any information.”
Enquiries are ongoing and a crime scene remains in place.
Any witnesses, or those with information, should call police on 101 ref CAD 6899/19 Jan.