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Police arrest two further suspects in Meadows murder investigation

Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing have made two further arrests today.

It brings the total number of arrests in connection with the investigation to six following the death of a 31-year-old man after reports of a large fight in Wilford Crescent West, The Meadows, Nottingham, shortly before 10.30pm on Wednesday (10 November).

On arrival, officers found a man with knife wounds, who was in a critical condition. Officers worked hard with paramedics to provide emergency first aid. Tragically the man later died at the Queen’s Medical Centre.

Large numbers of officers, including armed units, were deployed to the area where they arrested three men and a woman.

The three men aged 21, 23 and 34 were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.

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A 37-year-old woman, who was initially arrested for assisting an offender, has since been further arrested on suspicion of murder and also remains in custody.

Meanwhile, two further men – aged 29 and 27 – have today (Friday, 12 November) been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Robert Routledge, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “We remain in the early stages of our investigations and are making good progress.

“We have made further arrests today, bringing the number of people we have in custody to six. Four of the suspects were detained shortly after the tragedy and a warrant of further detention was today granted for each of them.

“Our enquiries are continuing and we remain determined to bring to justice anyone who had involvement in the attack, which is why we will continue to invest a large number of detectives and uniformed officers into this investigation.

“In the meantime, specially trained officers are continuing to work with the family of the victim at this extremely difficult time.”

Inspector Karl Thomas, of the City South neighbourhood policing team, added: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts remain with the victim’s family following this very sad loss.

“Clearly the events of Wednesday evening will have caused concern in the community, so we have stepped up patrols in the area which I hope has provided some reassurance.

“If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to any of our officers.

“This is a very difficult time for the local community but I would encourage people to stay calm and to allow officers to do their job.

“Cordons are still in place within the area. I appreciate these scenes are upsetting for the local community but they are necessary to ensure a thorough investigation can take place.

“Incidents of this type are indeed very concerning and highlight why Nottinghamshire Police is determined to continue to working hard, with the support of partner agencies and, importantly, the community to tackle and prevent knife crime from happening on our streets.”

Pastor Clive Foster, senior minister at Pilgrim Church, close to where the incident took place, also appealed for calm.

He said: “Firstly my sincere heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family who have tragically lost a loved one to this senseless knife crime violence. When these awful crimes happen within our community it not only hurts the immediate family who feel it most profoundly but impacts on other family members, friends and wider community.

“I don’t know why this happened but if anyone has any information please inform the police to prevent any further loss of life – this bloodshed and destruction of families within our community has to stop.

“We are calling for peace and calm within our community. We have been working with churches, community groups and authorities to minimise the occurrence of such violence and will continue to do so.  The Pilgrim Church in The Meadows will be open for anyone to provide pastoral support and a space for prayer and healing for anyone affected in the community.”

Anyone with additional information about this incident it asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 816 of 10 November.

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