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Boy, 14, charged with murder after fatal stabbing in Canning Town

A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of Fares Maatou in the street.

Fares, who was also 14, was killed in Canning Town in broad daylight on Friday (April 23).

The boy who has been charged cannot be named for legal reasons. He was arrested on Friday and has since been charged.

He is also charged with possession of an offensive weapon and will appear in custody at Stratford Youth Court tomorrow (Monday, April 26).

Police arrested a fourth suspect, a 15-year-old boy, on suspicion of murder yesterday (Saturday, April 24) and he remains in police custody.

Another two teenagers, both aged 15, were arrested on Friday. One 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of murder and the other in connection with the incident. Both have been bailed to a date in late May.

Police were called to Barking Road at 3:56pm on Friday where they found Fares with stab injuries.

Despite the efforts of emergency services, Fares was pronounced dead shortly after 4:30pm.

An air ambulance also landed nearby but was unable to save young Fares’s life.

A post-mortem examination held at East Ham Mortuary gave the cause of Fares’ death as stab injuries.

Fares was believed to have been in possession of an e-scooter when he was attacked, although police retain ‘an open mind as to any motive.’

Fares, who was in his school uniform, was reportedly hit in the head with a metal object before being fatally stabbed over the scooter .

Police say Fares’ family will be ‘supported by specialist officers at every stage of what will be a terrible ordeal for them’

The dad of young Fares is said to be fighting for his life in intensive care after becoming ill with Covid-19, according to a family friend.

DCI Perry Benton, Specialist Crime, said: “I spoke yesterday about how local people have provided fantastic support to our investigation and given us a good deal of information. This has continued over the weekend, and once again I thank them for that.

“Every piece of information could be vital, so I continue to appeal for anyone who knows anything and any witnesses who have yet to speak with police to please come forward.

“I have assured Fares’s family of my total commitment to bringing to justice those responsible for this senseless killing. They will be supported by specialist officers at every stage of what will be a terrible ordeal for them in the weeks, months and years ahead.

“This remains a fast-moving investigation and there will be further developments.”

A crime scene remains in place in the area and the public can expect to see an increased police presence.

Locals were laying flowers at the scene of the stabbing yesterday (April 24) where a pool of the teenager’s blood remained on the pavement.

Anyone with information is urged to call the incident room on 020 8345 1570 or to contact Crimestoppers anonymously.



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