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Edmonton murder suspect boys aged 13 and 14 bailed by police

Scene of the murder
Image caption The police said there was a party taking place which some boys wanted to gain entry to

Four boys aged 13 and 14 arrested on suspicion of murdering a 52-year-old man in north London have been bailed.

The boys were arrested after the man was found stabbed at his home in The Broadway, Edmonton at about 19:50 GMT on Sunday.

Officers suspect there was a "verbal altercation" between the victim and a group of boys trying to get into a party in a block of flats.

A fifth boy, aged 13, remains in custody, Scotland Yard said.

Formal identification of the victim has not yet taken place.

Detectives believe the victim had been involved in an argument with a group of boys, aged in their mid-teens, as he attempted to get into the apartment block.

Det Ch Insp Neale Baldock said: "Our initial enquiries have established there was a supervised party taking place at another address within the block and the group of males were trying to gain access to this.

"The victim and this group were not known to each other. What started as a minor verbal altercation has escalated into a shocking act of violence."

The four boys have been bailed to return to a police station in January.

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