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Fourteen-year-old charged with Chingford murder

James Markham was fatally stabbed on Monday evening A teenager aged 14 has been charged with the murder of a 45-year-old man in Chingford. The boy was [...]

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By wfechoadmin 13 August 2021

James Markham was fatally stabbed on Monday evening

A teenager aged 14 has been charged with the murder of a 45-year-old man in Chingford.

The boy was charged this morning with the murder of James Markham, who died on Monday, 9th August from stab wounds. He has also been charged with possession of a knife in a public place and breach of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO).

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due to appear at Stratford Youth Court later today.

A second boy, also aged 14, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder but 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.

Police were called to Churchill Terrace, in Chingford Mount, at 6.20pm on Monday, following reports of a disturbance. James, aged 45, was found seriously injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Waltham Forest Council’s cabinet member for community safety, Ahsan Khan, issued a statement following the incident and said: “My heart goes out to them [James’s family] at this devastating time. Your pain is our pain and the people of Waltham Forest grieve with you.

“I urge anyone who has any information to do the right thing and come forward. James’ family deserve nothing less.

“Incidents like this should never happen in our city. Waltham Forest Council works hard with a range of partners to tackle at root the factors that draw some of our young people into violence.

“We have invested heavily in our Violence Reduction Partnership programme, which aims to strengthen the community, support local families, and reduce violence in Waltham Forest so that our residents feel safer. However, we know there is more to do. We are determined to use all the resources we have available to us to achieve it.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101, giving the reference 5735/09AUG. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.