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  • Michael Murphy was found with stab wounds in east London on December 26 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 49-year-old father found stabbed to death in Hackney on Boxing Day.

The Met Police said today it had arrested Jurejs Vankovs, 38, after Michael John Murphy was attacked at around 3am on December 26 in Cranwood Street in east London. 

He died of his injuries despite treatment at the scene, near to Old Street station.

The London police force previously said Mr Murphy was knifed following an argument involving around 10 people. 

Four people – two men aged 49 and 42 and two women aged 35 and 44 – were arrested on suspicion of murder on but were released with no further action. 

Man, 38, is arrested on suspicion of murdering 49-year-old father in Hackney on Boxing Day

Michael Murphy (pictured) was found dead in Hackney with stab wounds on Boxing Day

The Met Police said today it had arrested Jurejs Vankovs, 38, on suspicion of murder

The Met Police said today it had arrested Jurejs Vankovs, 38, on suspicion of murder  

Four people were previously arrested but released with no further charge. Pictured: The scene of the fatal stabbing today

Four people were previously arrested but released with no further charge. Pictured: The scene of the fatal stabbing today

Forensics enter a police vehicle at the crime scene in Hackney, east London.

Forensics enter a police vehicle at the crime scene in Hackney, east London. 

Vankovs and Mr Murphy were known to each other and had been living a ‘transient lifestyle’ in the Shoreditch area, the force said.

In an update on Monday, a spokesperson for the force said Vankovs had been located and arrested on suspicion of Mr Murphy’s murder

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

‘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 forwards.’

Mr Murphy’s death comes amid a series of fatal stabbings in the capital that took place on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Last night in a separate incident 16-year-old schoolboy Harry Pitman was stabbed to death on Primrose Hill as thousands gathered to watch the New Year’s firework display. 

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

Harry’s murder – which took place just minutes before midnight – made him the 17th teenager brutally killed in the capital in 2023.





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