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Man charged with murder after 24-year-old George Barker stabbed to death at gym run by Idris Elba's trainer

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A man has been charged with the murder of George Barker, who was stabbed at a gym run by actor Idris Elba’s kickboxing trainer.


Charles Riddington is accused of killing the 24-year-old, who was found fatally injured at the Double K Gym in Bexley, south-east London in 2016.

Riddington, 36, who also faces three counts of possessing an offensive weapon, is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court today, police said.

The Double K Gym, which has operated at several premises in south-east London, is run by Kieran Keddle, who trained Thor and Luther star Elba.

Charles Riddington has been charged with murder (Met Police)

Mr Keddle, the gym’s head coach, trained Elba ahead of a professional fight in Thailand in October 2016.

He said at the time the star had become a “family member of the gym”.

Mr Baker was stabbed to death at the Double K on November 14.

George Baker, 24, was fatally stabbed in the incident on November 14, 2016 (Family of Goerge Baker)

He had been warming up for a Thai boxing class when he was attacked. Mr Barker’s partner, CJ, had given birth to their baby daughter just five days earlier.

Hundreds gathered for a vigil in Bexley after his Mr Baker’s death.

His mother, Julie, said at the time: “Who would do this? He didn’t deserve this. He had a beautiful young baby.

“Just look at all the flowers – he was so popular. Everyone was his friend. He was a lovely young man. Loads of people turned out for him.” 

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