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Father killed defending his daughter in Chingford

Police were called at 6.20pm on Monday night to reports of a disturbance in Churchill Terrace.

They found Jamie suffering with stab wounds but paramedics were unable to save him.

Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a man who was protecting his daughters.

James ‘Jamie’ Markham, 45, was stabbed to death in Chingford, North East London on Monday, August 9.

His devastated wife, Candice, told the Mirror earlier how Dad Jamie went to protect daughter Chloe before being fatally stabbed in Chingford Mount.

The dad was knifed after confronting a group of youths in the street, according to Met Police detectives. 

On Wednesday, a 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of his murder, the force said in a statement on Wednesday.

A second boy, also 14, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
Both are in custody at an east London police station.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services and members of the public, the dad was pronounced dead at the scene.

Candice said: “The boys were walking around with metal poles. They were swinging them and shouting at my daughter.

“It’s just disgusting. It’s not the first time – you see them walking around and smashing bottles in the street.

“Just doing what they like, there’s no police. They’re kids – 14 and 15.

“My daughter didn’t know them, one of her friends knew one of them from school.”

A neighbour said “the entire street could hear the screams” of Candice when she found her husband. 

Chingford scene (Dave Nathan)

Another resident, who declined to be named: said: “I saw hooligans running up and down this way and that way.

“The police have got my dash cam because I was sitting in the car at the time.

“It was hammering down so you couldn’t hear much of anything.

“I was shocked, especially seeing police doing CPR on him. I didn’t realise who it even was until later.”

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s Specialist Crime Command have launched a murder investigation but no arrests have yet been made.

A bouquet of flowers has been placed at the scene in tribute to Jamie.

Neighbour Susan White said: “He was a quiet family man with three kids who kept himself to himself. It was devastating hearing his wife screaming like that.”

Another neighbour, Sandra Green, added: “He was no trouble at all, just got on with everything and was a kind, family man.

“We’re all in shock, you assume it’s teenagers who get involved in this but when it’s a family man you just can’t believe it.”

Another resident, Alice McGill, 78, said: “All I know is that this girl was hanging out with these boys, one of them said something silly.

“She then went to go and get her father and her father came out and he died. It’s a tragedy because this young girl is going to have to live with that for the rest of her life.

“It’s not her fault. This girl was a proper daddy’s girl – the poor, poor girl.”

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