A man has been charged with the murder of Tommy Blackmore, the 20-year-0ld who died after an incident near Tower Bridge in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Lloyd Smythe, 28, of Staple Street, Tabard Gardens Estate, SE1 will appear in custody at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court today.
Three other men were also arrested in connection with the incident, with one released with no further action and two others released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The Blackmore family described the youngest of three boys as “a loving and fiercely loyal son, brother, uncle and friend.”
They continued: “He made an impact on and had time for everybody who crossed his path. A vibrant character, cheeky, charming, comical and wise way beyond his twenty years.
“He was one of the promoters for and heavily involved the ‘Fight 4 Cancer’ charity which has so far raised over £32,000 for Cancer Research UK. Tommy loved sport, especially football. He played regularly and was a lifelong Millwall fan.
“He was a well loved and hugely popular boy which has been demonstrated by the sheer number of people who have left a sea of flowers and tributes both at his family home and at Tower Bridge. This afternoon over 150 friends and family took part in a walk from his home up to Tower Bridge to pay their respects. All the boats on the River Thames today flew their flags at half mast as a mark of respect for Tommy.
“Tommy has been summed up by the thousands of comments left on social media in the last 36 hours which have all been positive and described him as the harmless and fun character that he was. The respect and love that has been shown is usually reserved for someone much older and is a testament to what a terrible loss has been suffered. ”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8721 4868, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.