A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the murder of father-of-four James Gibbons who was stabbed to death in Laindon, Essex Police said.

The plumber, 34, was found by paramedics with stab wounds at the scene on an estate at about 9.30pm on Sunday.

Mr Gibbons is believed to have become involved in a confrontation with a group of young people, according to police.

A post-mortem found that the man had died from stab wounds, Essex Police said.

The 16-year-old charged with murder will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Essex Police said it has also made a sixth arrest as part of its investigation into Mr Gibbons’ death.

James Gibbons
The 34-year-old was stabbed to death during an alleged altercation with a group of young people

A 13-year-old boy was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of murder and has been released on bail until May 14.

Mr Gibbons' family said in a statement: “James was an amazing father of four young children, engaged to his partner of 11 years, and was a loving and supportive son and brother.

“James was a hardworking family-oriented man, who ran his own bathroom fitting company and was looking forward to a positive future for him and his family.

“This tragedy occurred after he had spent the day celebrating his two-year-old twin girls’ birthday at home and we are absolutely broken beyond belief at this pointless loss which has had a devastating effect on us all.

“As a family we are urging anyone to come forward with any information that may help the police as they investigate James’ death in the hope we can get justice.”