TWO teenagers have been arrested after a hero dad was stabbed to death on his own doorstep as he tried to protect his daughter from a gang of thugs.
Jamie Markham, 45, rushed to the aid of his daughter who was being taunted by the yobs outside of their home in Chingford Mount, north east London.
Two 14-year-old boys have now been arrested in connection with Jamies death on Monday.
Both teens are currently in custody at an East London police station, with a post mortem confirming that Jamie died from a stab wound to the lung,
His heartbroken wife has paid tribute to him, explaining that the group of teens were swinging metal poles at her daughter Chloe, 17, and screaming at her.
Candice believes that the gang were aged around 14 to 15, and told how Jamie went to protect their daughter before being stabbed.
Speaking to The Mirror, Candice said: “The boys were walking around with metal poles. They were swinging them and shouting at my daughter.
“It’s just disgusting. It’s not the first time – you see them walking around and smashing bottles in the street.
“Just doing what they like, there’s no police. They’re kids – 14 and 15.
“My daughter didn’t know them, one of her friends knew one of them from school.”
The gang of youths are thought to be about to start year 10 at a local school next month.
Horrified neighbours said that the “entire street” could hear Jamie’s wife’s screams when he died just yards from their door.
Another resident added: "I saw hooligans running up and down this way and that way.
"The police have got my dash cam because I was sitting in the car at the time.
"It was hammering down so you couldn't hear much of anything.
"I was shocked, especially seeing police doing CPR on him. I didn't realise who it even was until later."
Jamie has been described as a “kind, family man” who “kept to himself” by neighbours.
Susan White said: “He was a quiet family man with three kids who kept himself to himself.
“It was devastating hearing his wife screaming like that.”
'PROPER DADDY'S GIRL'
Another neighbour, Sandra Green, added: “He was no trouble at all, just got on with everything and was a kind, family man.
“We’re all in shock, you assume it’s teenagers who get involved in this but when it’s a family man you just can’t believe it.”
Third resident, Alice McGill, 78, said: "All I know is that this girl was hanging out with these boys, one of them said something silly.
"She then went to go and get her father and her father came out and he died.
"It's not her fault. This girl was a proper daddy's girl – the poor, poor girl."
Floral tribute shave been left at the scene in memory of Jamie, with police launching a murder investigation.
“The brutality of this response is beyond shocking and our thoughts are with James’ family who have been left devastated by their loss
Police were called at 6.20pm on Monday night to reports of a disturbance in Churchill Terrace.
Detective Inspector John Marriott, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: "We believe that James confronted a group of youths causing a disturbance and was stabbed as a result.
“The brutality of this response is beyond shocking and our thoughts are with James’ family who have been left devastated by their loss.
“The arrests of these two individuals is a significant development but we still need the public’s help to build a full picture of exactly what happened on Monday evening.
“I know that there were a number of people present at the time of the murder. I want them to come forward.
“I also believe there will be parents who know that their child was there, or was involved. I am appealing for them to do the sensible thing and get in touch with us.
“A dedicated team of officers is working to piece together the tragic circumstances that led to this murder and to bring those responsible to justice.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information about what took place, is urged to call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC, giving the reference 5735/09AUG.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.
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