Boy, 14, charged with murder of man stabbed in east London

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of a father who was fatally stabbed after confronting a group of teenagers.

James Markham, 45, was attacked after reportedly trying to defend his daughter in Chingford, east London, on Monday evening.

The Metropolitan police said the boy was charged with murder on Friday morning and would appear at Stratford youth court later. He has also been charged with possession of a knife in a public place and breach of a criminal behaviour order (CBO).

A second boy, also 14, who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder, has been released under investigation.

A 16-year-old girl, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has also been released under investigation.

Markham was described as “a man with a good heart and good soul” by a family friend, while floral tributes have been laid at the scene in his memory.

The Met said his family were being supported by specialist officers.

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