Essex

Kevin Malthouse: Murder charge over ex-footballer's death

Kevin Malthouse during a match for Tilbury Football Club Image copyright Elliot Mercer
Image caption Kevin Malthouse (right) had played for Tilbury Football Club between 2011 and 2014

A man has been charged with murder after a former non-league footballer was stabbed to death.

Police found Kevin Malthouse in Blackshots Lane, Grays, in the early hours of Saturday morning following reports of a group of men fighting.

The 24-year-old had been stabbed in the chest and died at the scene.

Jack Taylor, 18, from Oakley Close, Grays, has been charged with his murder and is due to appear at Basildon Magistrates' Court.

Flowers - including moving tributes from Mr Malthouse's parents and wife - have been laid near the spot where he died.

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Image caption Flowers have been left near the spot where Mr Malthouse died

A 22-year-old man, who was also arrested, has been bailed pending further investigations.

A 21-year-old man, from South Ockendon, was released without charge and faces no further action.

Mr Malthouse's former team Tilbury Football Club has paid tribute, saying he was "a lovely lad".

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