Wednesday 22 May 2019

Man charged with murder of TV weatherman’s cousin

A 29-year-old will appear in court charged with killing Nathaniel Armstrong, the cousin of Good Morning Britain weatherman Alex Beresford.

Handout photo of TV weatherman Alex Beresford’s cousin, Nathaniel Armstrong, who was stabbed on Saturday March 16
Handout photo of TV weatherman Alex Beresford’s cousin, Nathaniel Armstrong, who was stabbed on Saturday March 16

Lewis Pennock

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.

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

Alex Beresford (Ian West/PA)
Alex Beresford (Ian West/PA)

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.”

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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