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Youth charged with teen's murder
Murder victim Ben Tilling
Ben Tilling's parents said he was "the life and soul of the party"
A 19-year-old man has been charged with the murder of a teenager who died after a street knife attack.

Ben Tilling, 17, of Rockingham Crescent, Grimsby, was found injured on Lord Street in the town on Friday, but later died of his injuries.

The man is due to appear at Grimsby Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Five others arrested in connection with the murder have been freed. One of those, a 19-year-old man, has been released on police bail.

Tribute paid

A 16-year-old boy, a 17-year-old girl, an 18-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man have been released without charge.

Alistair and Joanne Tilling, Ben's parents, paid an emotional tribute to their son.

Ben was the life and soul of the party - a funny, entertaining and loving boy who was always smiling
Alistair and Joanne Tilling
Ben's parents

They said Ben, who enjoyed helping his father in the garage, playing snooker and pool and weight training, had passed his exams for a career at sea and intended to apply for a job when he became 18 next month.

"It would have been his 18th birthday and we were planning a big birthday party for him," they said.

"We will never get to find out if he would have got the job or teach him to drive on his birthday or see him enjoy his party."

They added: "Ben was the life and soul of the party - a funny, entertaining and loving boy who was always smiling."

A post-mortem examination has been carried out, but officers would not release details except to say Ben had suffered stab wounds.



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