A second teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old footballer was stabbed in a block of flats.

The Metropolitan Police say the 18-year-old was taken into custody on Thursday in connection with Donovan Allen's death,

Donovan suffered a stab wound to the chest after being attacked inside Bonnington House in Ayley Croft, near Bush Hill Park, at around 6pm on Monday (February 7).

Paramedics found Donovan injured but they were unable to save the teenager, who lived in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.

Enfield Independent: A police van in Ayley Croft on Monday February 7. Credit: PAA police van in Ayley Croft on Monday February 7. Credit: PA

A 14-year-old boy was later arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been bailed. The Met followed this up with the arrest of an 18-year-old. He remains in police custody.

Donovan's family has described the footballer, who played for Hemel Hempstead Town Youth FC, as "confident and charming" and was much-loved by his younger siblings.

Enfield Independent: Victim Donovan Allen. Credit: Met PoliceVictim Donovan Allen. Credit: Met Police

In a statement, they said: "Every child is special, we know that, but Donovan was exceptional because his gift was making others feel special. He thought everyone was kind like him.

"Yes, he was a mummy's boy, but he was a daddy's boy, uncle's boy, aunty's boy, and his grandparents' boy. He was confident, charming and was very much adored by his younger siblings.

"Although Donovan's physical body was robbed from us - and we can no longer see, hear or touch him - in time we will take comfort in knowing that the love he had for his family and friends will continue to live on in our hearts and memories. Donovan was loyal and trusting to his detriment.

"He was a boy who was planning his birthday party at the end of the month. He finished his journey the happiest he has ever been and had so much to share around. There are no words to describe how much Donovan will be missed."

Enfield Independent: The block of flats where Donovan Allen was stabbed. Credit: PAThe block of flats where Donovan Allen was stabbed. Credit: PA

The murder investigation continues. There has been an increased police presence on the estate where Donovan was killed this week with police also carrying out door-to-door enquiries.

Detective Chief Inspector Linda Bradley, leading the investigation, has urged anyone who saw anything "suspicious" in the area of Bonnington House at around 6pm on Monday, such as anyone running away from the area or anything out of the ordinary, to contact police.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101, quoting reference CAD 5753/07FEB. To remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.