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Two boys held in Leroy murder probe

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 14-year-old boy who died in a pool of blood near a playground.

The boys, aged 14 and 15, are being held in police custody following the stabbing of Leroy James, Scotland Yard said.

The victim was left slumped against a park wall after the incident in Enfield, north London, on Wednesday as young children played nearby.

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

When asked how the youngster would be remembered among his friends and family, his father added: "I can't explain for his friends, but he will forever be remembered by me."

Mr James, from Edmonton Green, 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."

With two further teenage stabbings in Oxford Street - Britain's busiest shopping area - on Wednesday night, Scotland Yard 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."

Ms Goode said in an appeal held at the scene: "We know that the park was incredibly busy at the time of the incident and many more people may be able to help us with our investigation.

"Leroy James was a young person with hopes, ambitions and dreams. Someone has chosen to take those hopes and aspirations away and in doing so has robbed Leroy's family and friends of a much-loved young man. We urge anyone who can help to think about Leroy and their local community. We need to work together to solve this dreadful crime."

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