Alex Beresford has broken his silence after his cousin has become the latest victim of London’s knife crime epidemic.
Nathaniel Armstrong, 29, was stabbed in west London in the early hours of Saturday morning, just meters from his home.
Good Morning Britain weatherman Alex, 38, has spoken out on the shocking news of his death.
In a statement, the former Dancing On Ice star said: “I’m deeply saddened to confirm my cousin Nathaniel lost his life on Friday night.
“We were all so shocked to receive this news yesterday and our thoughts right now are with his mum, his brother and sisters.
“Nathaniel was a bright young man with his whole life ahead of him and this tragedy is yet one more example of a needless life lost to knife crime.”
Following a segment on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, in which Piers Morgan debated with hip hop artist Akala, Alex tweeted: “I would have liked to have been on @GMB this morning but wasn’t able to be there because of a family funeral.
“Praise to @akalamusic for putting it into an understandable perspective. Most are blinded by and judge on what they see in the media.”
The stabbing comes just days after Alex waded into a row about knife crime by shouting across the set of the ITV breakfast show.
After it was suggested that more prisons are built as a punishment, Alex said: “Prison doesn’t work though. It does not work.
“I’ve grown up in some of these communities you guys are talking about. Prison is not a deterrent. Some of these boys don’t fear prison.
“If you don’t change the environment you wont change anything and that’s the key thing.
“This has been happening for years. And it’s not always in the media. It won’t change. It’s going to take several things to come together. Yes policing is one thing.”
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