Man arrested on suspicion of murdering his father on�Boxing�Day

Man arrested on suspicion of murdering father on Boxing Day

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering his father, who was found stabbed to death in Hackney on Boxing Day.

Officers arrested a 38-year-old man after Michael John Murphy was attacked at around 3am on December 26 on Cranwood Street, east London.

He died from his injuries despite treatment at the scene near Old Street station.

The Metropolitan Police said Murphy was stabbed following an argument involving around 10 people.

Four people, two men aged 49 and 42 and two women aged 35 and 44, were previously detained on suspicion of murder, but were released without further action.

The suspect and Murphy were acquaintances and lived a “transient lifestyle” in the Shoreditch area, the force said.

In an update on Monday, a force spokesperson said the man had been located and arrested on suspicion of Murphy's murder.

Detective Superintendent James Conway, responsible for policing in Hackney and Tower Hamlets, previously said: “Our thoughts are with Michael’s family at this unimaginably difficult time.

'The fact that this tragedy occurred over the Christmas period will be shocking to many and I reiterate DCI Allen's appeal for witnesses who were in the area to come forward.'

Murphy's death comes amid a series of fatal stabbings in the capital that occurred on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Last night, in a separate incident, 16-year-old student Harry Pitman was stabbed to death in Primrose Hill as thousands of people gathered to watch the New Year fireworks display.

The Metropolitan Police released an image of the victim this afternoon and confirmed that a 16-year-old boy had been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.


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