“We shall never forget Alan” - Islington Council agrees to murdered teen memorial plaque
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Islington Council has agreed to install a plaque in memory of murdered teenager Alan Cartwright - after his memorial was destroyed in a suspected arson.
The shrine was at Cally Pool, the spot where Alan collapsed after he was stabbed in the chest by Joshua Williams, who was jailed for a minimum 21 years in September. It featured two bikes, photos, flowers and letters.
Sister Cherrie Smith said the incident - early last Wednesday - made her relive the night Alan, 15, was stabbed to death while cycling in Caledonian Road on February 27.
Alan’s family did not want to restore it in case of another attack. Instead, they requested the council’s permission for a plaque at the same spot.
And Cllr Paul Convery, Caledonian ward member, said on Tuesday: “We deeply sympathise with his family and respect their fortitude and courage over the last nine very difficult months.
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“We have agreed to their request. Alan’s murder profoundly shocked a whole community. We shall never forget Alan and the terrible way in which his life was taken.”
Ms Smith, 22, said: “It was a beautiful memorial but we don’t want the same thing happening again, which is why we asked for a plaque.
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“When I went down to Cally Pool, I saw the police officers and cordons, and it gave me flashbacks of when I was there on the night Alan was killed.
“We hadn’t done anything wrong by having the memorial there. Alan didn’t do anything wrong.
“We wanted the memorial to keep his memory alive, and remind people of what happened.
“To think it happened just two months after the trial finished, and someone does that. I’m sickened.”
A passing paramedic crew spotted the blaze and extinguished it at 5.30am. Police investigations are ongoing.
Williams, 18, of Davenant Road, Upper Holloway, was found guilty of the City and Islington College pupil’s murder after an eight-day Old Bailey trial in September.
It was part of a robbery in which he and two accomplices - Shaquille Roberts, 19, and a 17-year-old boy who can’t be named - planned to steal bikes from Alan and three friends.
The plaque will go up on a date to be confirmed.