Man charged with murder of TV weatherman’s cousin

Police have charged a man with the murder of TV weatherman Alex Beresford’s cousin in west London.

Lovel Bailey, 29, of Bromwich Walk, Birmingham, was arrested at Gatwick Airport on Tuesday over the fatal stabbing of Nathaniel Armstrong, 29, the Metropolitan Police said.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday charged with murder.

Alex Beresford
Alex Beresford (Ian West/PA)

Mr Armstrong was stabbed in Gowan Avenue, Fulham, in the early hours of Saturday March 16.

Mr Beresford, 38, a weatherman for ITV’s Good Morning Britain, said he was “deeply saddened” by the death of his cousin.

He said: “Nathaniel was a bright young man with his whole life ahead of him and this tragedy is yet one more example of a needless life lost to knife crime.”

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Lovel Bailey will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Nick Ansell/PA)

The killing happened 11 days after Mr Beresford intervened in a Good Morning Britain debate about knife crime to say prison was “not a deterrent” for offenders.

Speaking on the programme after Mr Armstrong’s death, he added: “No-one would have expected it, especially after I spoke out. You couldn’t make it up.

“It’s come as a big surprise that it’s happened to Nathaniel … he is 29, not in a gang, he went to a good school, university.”

Friends described the keen basketball player as a “big, friendly giant” and “super friendly”.

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