Mistaken identity murder: man held

Romsey Advertiser: Christopher Foster was fatally stabbed while having a cigarette with a friend in an alleyway outside St Christopher's Inn in Borough High Street, Southwark (Metropolitan Police/PA) Christopher Foster was fatally stabbed while having a cigarette with a friend in an alleyway outside St Christopher's Inn in Borough High Street, Southwark (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Detectives have made a second arrest over a single father murdered in a case of mistaken identity as he had a cigarette outside a London pub.

Christopher Foster, 34, was fatally stabbed in Borough High Street, London, last Friday night as he smoked with a friend in an alleyway outside St Christopher's Inn.

He was attacked by a hooded gang who were brandishing baseball bats and at least one knife.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been taken into custody at a south London police station.

It comes after a woman, 32, was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of assisting an offender. She was taken to an east London police station and bailed to reappear in early February.

Mr Foster, a single father of a four-year-old girl, died after emergency services rushed him to hospital.

A post-mortem examination determined he was killed by a single stab wound to the back.

Officers, who are working out of an incident room at Barking, believe the offenders targeted the wrong man.

"At this stage of our investigation, we believe this to be a case of mistaken identity," Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin said.

"Mr Foster was stabbed as he stood halfway down the alleyway with his back to the suspects.

"Five of the suspects then carried on down the alley and were involved in a separate altercation with another male, who managed to get away, and this male's friend.

"The male friend received a hand injury but did not require hospital treatment."

Detectives will be returning to the scene to h and out leaflets in the hope of finding more information from new witnesses.

The victim's mother, Jean Foster, earlier this week said in a statement released through Scotland Yard she wanted justice for her young granddaughter.

" This was a senseless unprovoked attack and the family feel robbed of a good son and brother," she said.

"Our family are paying the price for someone else's actions, whilst they are still walking around. Chris will be forever missed.

"We ask that if you know any information please come forward. We can't bring Chris back but hopefully we will get justice for his daughter Christina who, at four years of age, cannot understand why Daddy has left her."

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation should call the incident room on 020 8345 3865 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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