Teen charged with stabbing murder of father-of-two

Leon Penman
Leon Penman died in a stabbing incident in Bedford on Friday afternoon [Supplied by Bedfordshire Police]

An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder after a father-of-two was stabbed.

Leon Penman, 20, from Bedford, died after an incident in Riverfield Drive, Bedford, with emergency services called shortly before 14:00 BST on Friday.

Jacob Zuco, of Kimble Drive, has been remanded in custody to appear before Luton magistrates on Monday.

In a statement released by police, Mr Penman's family said: "Leon was a much loved son, brother and a loving father to two beautiful daughters and a friend to many."

It added: "Leon will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

"We are all truly devastated."

'Shocking incident'

Det Insp Dale Mepstead, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "Our thoughts are very much with Leon’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

"We understand this was a shocking incident for the local community and we would like to reassure them that we have had detectives working tirelessly on this case, securing a charge.

"I’d like to thank members of the public at the scene for all their assistance, and those who have since come forward with information.

"I’d continue to encourage anyone with information to get in touch."

A post mortem examination is due to take place.

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