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Crimewatch highlights schoolboy's stabbing

MOTHER'S TEARS: Negus McClean's mother, Ingrid, shares her heartbreak over her son's death on BBC1's Crimewatch tonight

THE MOTHER of 15-year-old London teenager Negus McClean will appear on BBC1 show Crimewatch tonight in a desperate plea for information over his murder.

Viewers will able to watch moving interviews with the schoolboy's family and a reconstruction of the events leading up to his tragic death.

Negus, of Edmonton, north London, was stabbed in April but no one has been charged with his murder.

The incident was alleged to have started over an altercation involving a Blackberry mobile phone that belonged to Negus’s younger brother Elijah.

He suffered stab wounds to the chest and thigh after being chased by seven young black males on bicycles who concealed their faces with bandanas.

The reconstruction shows Negus tearing down a road urging his younger brother to run to safety.


His mother Ingrid said: "Telling his brother to run and not look back and 'just go' is him. That's just him.

"He would not have thought twice about himself, he would have just thought about protecting his brother."

The heartbroken brother is then shown breaking down as she recalls the moment she was told her son had been killed: "At first I could not understand what he [her other son] was saying. He was just screaming down the phone and then he said, 'Negus has been stabbed'."

At this point, a tearful Ingrid can be seen weeping into a tissue.


Police are particularly on the lookout for one suspect who was wearing a dark coloured hooded jumper with a large Franklin and Marshall logo on the front.

Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Clayman from the Homicide and Serious Crime Command urged anyone with information to some forward. He said: "If you know something, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please don't hold this back.

"People may think that incidents such as Negus' murder are not their problem but they have a devastating effect on family, friends and the community as a whole."

Negus was rushed to Royal Halloway Hospital, in east London, but later died from his injures which a post-mortem found was caused by a single stab wound to the heart.


Police have now launched a renewed appeal offering a £20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

A total of 12 young men aged between 14 and 20 have been arrested in connection with the murder, but have since been released on bail to return in August.

* Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 0208 345 3775 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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