Man arrested in relation to schoolboy's stabbing

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old schoolboy who was stabbed as he walked home after a trip to buy sweets from a garage.

A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of a 15-year-old schoolboy who was stabbed as he walked home after a trip to buy sweets from a garage.

A police spokeswoman said officers investigating the murder of Thomas Devlin in Belfast had arrested a male, but said no further details of the suspect were available.

The teenager was stabbed five times in the back as he walked home in north Belfast with two friends, in an attack which sent shockwaves through the affluent Somerton Road area where he lived.

One of Thomas’s friends was also injured by a single stab wound when they were approached by two males, believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, who had a dog with them.

Two men and a juvenile were arrested following the murder but released without charge.

Last night police said they wanted to speak to two teenagers who were in the vicinity of the Fort William Service Station on Antrim Road and on Somerton Park, a short time before Thomas was attacked.

The pair were in the area, possibly with two other youths, at about 11pm on August 10.

It is understood the youths were not suspects but may have information that could advance the inquiry.

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