A Good Samaritan dad-of-four was stabbed to death after helping a neighbour who was confronted by a gang of schoolchildren.
Locals said James Gibbons, 34, was having a bank holiday barbeque with his family for his daughter’s birthday when he heard a row from his garden in Laindon, Essex.
James Gibbons, pictured, has been named locally as the man stabbed to death in Laindon on Sunday[/caption]
The dad-of-four was hosting a birthday party for one of his kids[/caption]
Locals said Good Samaritan James Gibbons was attacked in Laindon, Essex, at 9.30pm on Sunday[/caption]
The popular plumber rushed to the aid of the ‘victim,’ who it is believed was confronted by a gang of teenagers who were tearing round the estate on scooters and shouting.
As Mr Gibbons stepped-in to disperse the gang, he was caught in the fight and stabbed. He later died from his injuries.
Five school-aged teenagers – three males and two females, aged 13 to 16 – were arrested on suspicion of murder following the attack at 9.30pm on Sunday.
A neighbour told the Sun: “We heard that they were having a BBQ for his little girl’s birthday and there was some kind of row.
“There were a gang of kids seen drinking around the estate all day making a nuisance of themselves.”
That started a fight and then the second man, who was stabbed, came out to try to calm it all down.”
Another neighbour added: “The kids were going round on scooters, and I was told one person went out to ask them to keep it down.
“That started a fight and then the second man, who was stabbed, came out to try to calm it all down.”
Under a family picture of smiling Mr Gibbons cuddling his partner Victoria Billingham and their four children, a pal today wrote: “This breaks my heart.”
Floral tributes left at the scene described the tragic dad as “one in a million” and that he was taken too soon.
Others paid tribute to him online, with Ash Smith writing: “The whole family were such a pleasure to know while we were growing up.
Tributes have been left at the scene in Essex today[/caption]
Heartbroken friends described him as “one of the kindest and most lovely people they’ve met”[/caption]
“It is such a huge, huge shame. The world has lost another absolute diamond. RIP.”
Kayleigh Bartholomew said: “In shock, a caring man till the end, that man a true gent sleep tight James Gibbons.
“You’re with your baby bro again now as much as it kills me to write that.
“Love you always thinking of your family forever in our hearts. Rest in perfect paradise boys.”
Kane Evans added: “Rest in peace my brother, gone but never forgotten. What a genuine man.”
‘LOVE YOU ALWAYS’
Danielle Nicholas wrote: “So heartbreaking, my head still can’t get round it. RIP to one of the kindest men I’ll ever have the pleasure of knowing. You’re with your brother now.”
Cops today appealed for information, saying the senseless attack had left a “family broken apart”.
Det Ch Supt Steve Jennings said: “Our enquiries have led us to believe the victim was going to the aid of another man and, as a result, he lost his life during an altercation which ensued with a group of young people not directly known to him.
“It is a tragic loss of life and we are continuing to appeal for the public’s help.
“A family has been broken apart, and we need to get to the bottom of what happened.”.
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DCS Jennings added: “We are really keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen or heard anything happen in Iris Mews shortly before 9.30pm on Sunday.
“We are also keen to hear from anyone who has seen any discarded weapons in the area.
“If anyone knows anything about this murder and has not yet come forward to speak to us, please do.”
Essex Police said the man was going to the aid of another victim in Laindon[/caption]