Boy charged with stabbing murder of teenager Fares Maatou

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A 14-year-old boy has been charged with murder after a teenager was stabbed to death in east London.

Fares Maatou, also 14, died at the scene of the attack in Barking Road, Newham, on Friday afternoon.

The Metropolitan Police said a 14-year-old who was arrested on Friday has been charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

He will appear in custody at Stratford Youth Court on Monday.

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People place flowers at the scene in Barking Road, Newham, where 14-year-old Fares Maatou was knifed to death on Friday (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder and another also aged 15 who was held in connection with the incident have been bailed to a date in late May.

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

Fares is believed to have been in possession of an e-scooter when he was attacked, but police said inquiries are continuing and officers are keeping an open mind as to any motive.

Detective Chief Inspector Perry Benton, of 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.”

Fares’s death is the 33rd homicide in London since January 1 this year, the Met said.

Of that figure, 24 victims were killed with a knife, the force added.

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

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