Harry Pitman was reportedly stabbed to death with a hunting knife “within yards” of emergency services.

The 16-year-old died after violence flared while he waited to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks with friends in Primrose Hill.

A 16-year-old boy – who cannot be named due to his age – appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday (January 9) charged with Harry’s murder.

The court was told that Harry was stabbed with a “hunting-style” knife within yards of emergency services, who were reportedly “visibly present”.

The teenage defendant was not asked to enter pleas to charges of murder and having an offensive weapon in public.

Sitting in the dock in a black Nike tracksuit and flanked by three dock officers, he spoke only to confirm his name and date of birth during the hearing, which lasted about half an hour.

He held his head down for much of the time and was tearful when the judge addressed him.

Judge Sarah Whitehouse KC remanded him to youth detention accommodation before his appearance at the same court for a plea hearing on March 26.

A provisional trial has been set for September 2 this year.

A 17-year-old boy arrested last Thursday (January 4) has been bailed.

No further action will be taken against three other boys held by police over the killing.

Reporting by PA.