Teenager charged with killing James Gibbons

An Essex man was stabbed to death after celebrating the birthday of his twin daughters’.

Teenagers stab father of four. The father-of-four’s family have been left “absolutely broken beyond belief at this pointless loss”.

James Gibbons, 34, died shortly after the stabbing at 9.30pm on Sunday on the street where he lived in Laidon according to Essex police. It is believed he went to help another man who was being attacked and then following an argument with a group of youngsters, was stabbed.

Five teenagers were arrested for the crime on suspicion of murder however two have been released on bail to reappear on 25th and 28th May respectively.

Mr Gibbons, a self-employed plumber, was described by family as an “amazing father of four young children, engaged to his partner of 11 years, and a loving and supportive son and brother”.

Releasing a statement through police they said “James was a hard-working family-orientated man, who ran his own bathroom fitting company and was looking forward to a positive future for him and his family.

This tragedy occurred after he had spent the day celebrating his two-year-old twin girls’ birthday at home and we are absolutely broken beyond belief at this pointless loss which has had a devastating effect on us all.

James was the kind of person who would always be prepared to help anyone less fortunate than himself, which is what he was doing on Sunday night. As a family we are urging anyone to come forward with any information that may help the police as they investigate James’ death in the hope we can get justice.”

Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Jennings said it was believed that Mr Gibbons was going to the aid of another man and lost his life during an altercation with a group of youngsters.

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