Man arrested in serial murders of 4 young men in London

A suspected serial killer identified as 40-year-old Stephen Port has been arrested and charged in the murders of four young men in east London, police say.

Stephen John Port, of Cooke Street, Barking, was charged on Sunday night with four counts of murder in connection with the deaths of four men between June 2014 and September 2015, according to the Metropolitan Police Service. Port has also been charged with four counts of administering a poison with intent to endanger life or inflict grievous bodily harm.

It is believed Port met his victims through gay dating websites and killed them by drugging them with the party drug GHB. All four victims were found dead in the vicinity of Port's residence. Police also declined to say whether Port was being investigated for additional murders.

The most recent victim was Jack Taylor, 25, of Dagenham, whose body was found at the ruins of former royal monastery Barking Abbey in Barking, located in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Taylor, who worked as a night duty forklift operator at a warehouse, had been out with friends on the evening of September 12 but later returned home before calling a cab and going back out.

Camera footage showed Taylor meeting with a man in Station Parade near the Barking rail station between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. They later walked off together and Taylor was not seen again until his body was found at Barking Abbey. The man seen in the CCTV footage was previously the subject of a police appeal, though police have not said whether Port is the man who was pictured.

All three other victims died last year. The first alleged victim was identified by police as Anthony Patrick Walgate, 23, from Barnet, who was pronounced dead on June 19, 2014, on Cooke Street, the same street as Port's listed address.

The second victim was 22-year-old Gabriel Kovari, from Lewisham, whose body was found near the churchyard of St Margaret's Church on August 28, 2014. The church, along North Street, is near Barking Abbey and at a walking distance from Port's residence.

The third victim was identified as Daniel Whitworth, 21, from Gravesend in Kent, whose body was found near the churchyard of St Margaret's Church on September 20, 2014.

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