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Alex Beresford pays tribute to cousin who was stabbed

KNIFE CRIME: Alex Beresford said he is deeply saddened by his cousin's death

GOOD MORNING BRITAIN weatherman Alex Beresford has paid tribute to his cousin after he was fatally stabbed.

Nathaniel Armstrong was stabbed in west London during the early hours of the morning on Saturday, March 16.

Police and the London Ambulance Service had been called to Gowan Avenue in Fulham following reports of a fight. They found Armstrong suffering from stab wounds but were unable to save him.

In a statement, Beresford said: “I’m deeply saddened to confirm my cousin Nathaniel lost his life on Friday night. We were all so shocked to receive this news yesterday and our thoughts right now are with his mum, his brother and sisters.

“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.”

DCI Glen Lloyd, who is leading the murder investigation, said: “Active enquiries are in hand. We are appealing for information from those who were out and about in the area at the time of the attack and saw anything of note. My team is particularly keen to trace a light skinned black male, approximately 6ft tall who was seen near the scene at the time of the incident. Did you see him? Do you know who he is? Anyone with information on his identity or whereabouts is urged to contact police."

The news of Armstrong’s death comes just over a week after Beresford delivered an impromptu impassioned speech about serious youth violence during an appearance on Good Morning Britain.

Beresford interjected the debate as John Apter, the chair of the Police Federation argued more prisons were needed.

“Some of these boys, they don’t fear prison, if you don’t change the environment it won’t change anything and that’s the key thing,” he said. “This has been happening for years.”

No arrests have been made in connection to Armstrong’s death.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, is asked to call the police incident room on 0208 358 0100. To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. You can also tweet police via @MetCC

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