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New arrest in Jonathan McPhillips murder investigation

News   •   Aug 30, 2017 03:28 BST

[Jonathan McPhillips]
Detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Jonathan McPhillips in Islington in February 2017 have made a new arrest.

A 23-year-old man [I] was arrested on Friday 25 August on suspicion of murder. He has now been bailed to a late in late September.

Seven other people arrested in connection with the murder were re-bailed and have now been released under investigation.

They are:

[A] 24-year-old man arrested on 4 March.
[B] 19-year-old man arrested on 16 March.
[C] 45-year-old woman arrested on 17 March.
[D] 22-year-old man arrested on 23 March.
[E] 20-year-old man arrested on 30 March.
[F] 21-year-old man arrested on 22 March.
[G] 19-year-old man arrested on 21 May.

An eighth man [H] was arrested on the evening of Tuesday, 27 June, on suspicion of murder has been bailed to a date in late September.

Detectives previously released CCTV footage in a bid to encourage any witnesses or people with information to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams, who is leading the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) investigation into Jonathan's murder, presented the footage on BBC Crimewatch Roadshow on Wednesday, 21 June at 09:15hrs.

In the footage, the victim can be seen colliding with an innocent bystander as he attempts to escape from a melee.

Officers are particularly keen to speak to this gentleman as a significant witness, but he has never been identified despite numerous appeals. His identity has been protected, but it is hoped he will see the footage and recognise himself. His information could prove vital.

In the footage youths can also be seen carrying knives. Officers are keen to hear from anyone who can offer any information.

Jonathan's family also feature in an appeal film. His mother will discuss the impact his death has had upon them, including his partner and two daughters.

On Saturday, 25 February at around 00:40hrs, police were called by London Ambulance Service (LAS) to reports of a stabbing on Upper Street, N1.

Shortly after this, police were alerted to a second stabbing victim, also on Upper Street.

Jonathan McPhillips, a 28-year-old father-of-two, was found injured and taken to an east London hospital where he died on Wednesday, 1 March.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as single stab wound to the chest.

The second victim, a 17-year-old boy, was also taken to an east London hospital and subsequently discharged.

Detective Chief Inspector Dave Whellams said: "Jonathan's family have been left completely devastated by the circumstances which led to his death. His two young daughters will now grow up with a devastating loss that has deprived them of the chance to know their father.

"We are releasing this CCTV footage in the hopes that memories will be jogged; there are usually a lot of people in the Upper Street area at the weekend. If you witnessed the altercation on 25 February but did not realise what was happening, or felt too intimidated to contact police afterwards, we urge you to come forward. Every piece of information will be treated in confidence, and could prove crucial in helping us bring justice to Jonathan's family."

"We would also appeal to friends and family of those who have carried out this attack. Somebody knows who did this, and if you have the slightest indication that someone you know may have been involved, I urge you to make the police aware of your concerns."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3775, or to give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit