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Man charged with murder of cyclist stabbed on bike

Alan Cartwright, 15, was stabbed to death in Islington, north London. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A man has been charged with the murder of teenager Alan Cartwright who was stabbed while riding a bicycle with friends in Islington, north London.

Joshua Williams, 18, of Davenant Road, north London, will appear tomorrow at Highbury Corner Magistrates' court charged with murder and conspiracy to rob, Scotland Yard said.

An 18-year-old man remains in custody after a warrant of further detention was granted.

Two males, aged 17 and 21, arrested in relation to the incident have been bailed.

Police released footage of the moment the schoolboy was stabbed in the chest as he cycled along a busy road in Islington.

He managed to continue riding a short distance after the attack in Caledonian Road last Friday, but collapsed and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

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Broadcasters call PM's bluff with plans for TV debates

Broadcasters have said they will go ahead with a series of TV debates despite Prime Minister David Cameron saying he will only take part in one.

ITV, Sky, BBC, and Channel Four said they will go ahead with plans for two debates featuring seven party leaders and a final head-to-head between David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband.

They urged Mr Cameron to reconsider his decision and to take part in the three debates.

ITV News' Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

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Bennett: PM's TV debates stance 'damaging trust in politics'

Natalie Bennett Credit: PA Wire

David Cameron's refusal to take part in the TV debates as planned is further damaging the reputation of politics, Green leader Natalie Bennett said.

Ms Bennett told the BBC the proposed format was "very fair" and "clearly reflected the desire of the British public to hear a wide range of political views".

"The fact is Mr Cameron, with his stance, is really doing further damage to trust in British politics," she said.

Miliband: PM will reveal himself to be 'weak leader' if he refuses debates

Ed Miliband Credit: PA Wire

Prime Minister David Cameron will reveal himself to be a "weak leader" if he refuses to take part in the TV debates, Ed Miliband has said.

The Labour leader said: "It is make your mind up time for David Cameron.

"He can keep running from these debates with me and show himself to be a weak leader running from his record.

"Or he can agree to the debates which the British people deserve and that our democracy needs," he added.

PM 'disappointed' by broadcasters TV debates decision

David Cameron Credit: PA Wire

David Cameron's director of communications has told broadcasters it is "disappointing" they will not take up the Prime Minister's offer of a single, seven-way TV debate.

Craig Oliver wrote to the broadcasters on Wednesday with Mr Cameron's "final offer" of a single 90-minute debate featuring at least seven leaders to take place before March 30.

But in a joint statement, the broadcasters said they would stick to previously announced plans for three debates in April.

Mr Oliver wrote back to the broadcasters saying: "I made the Prime Minister's final position clear in my last letter - he is willing to do a seven-way debate in the week beginning March 23.

"Clearly it is disappointing that you are not prepared to take him up on that offer.

"I am ready to discuss at your convenience the logistics of making the debate we have suggested happen."

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