MURDER BRITAIN: Three people - two teens - stabbed to death across UK in just 12 hours
THREE people, including two teenagers were stabbed to death in separate attacks across the country in the space of just 12 hours.
In the latest murder, a man was arrested after another man died from stab wounds.
The suspect, in his 30s, was detained after the incident in Oldham town centre in the early hours of Saturday, but later released.
A second man, 31, from Rochdale was later arrested in Ipswich.
At around 4.20am officers were alerted to a report of a man, thought to be in his 40s and from Oldham, suffering suspected stab wounds.
He was taken to hospital in a critical condition before being pronounced dead on arrival, with formal identification yet to take place, according to Greater Manchester Police.
Detectives from the force’s major incident team are now questioning a man on suspicion of murder who was located and taken into custody.
Initial enquiries suggest that the victim was stabbed after an altercation with a man close to the Light of Bengal Indian restaurant.
Police said an “extensive and thorough” investigation is under way with a large cordon remaining in place on Union Street while officers carry out lines of inquiry at the scene.
Detective Superintendent Simon Hurst said: “We have a dedicated team of detectives working at pace following this fatal stabbing in the early hours of today, and we’re doing all we can to support the man’s family at this awful time and ensure that they get the justice they absolutely deserve.
“We’ve already spoken to a large number of witnesses who were in the town overnight, and we’re keen to ensure that we speak to everyone possible who may have seen something of significance in the moments before and after this devastating incident.
“This is understandably shocking news for the public to wake up to today and that is why we are conducting a wide-range of extensive and complex enquiries – including at the large scene in the town centre – to ensure we bring the man responsible to justice.”
About five hours earlier a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death at a house party at a property in Greehill Road, Camberley, Surrey, at just after 11:30pm on Friday.
The victim died at the scene.
Another boy, 17, was arrested on suspicion of murder near the scene and later released without charge.
Later on Saturday, a second boy, 17, was also arrested on suspicion of murder.
Roads were closed in the area as a crime scene (above and main image) was put in place and his family were being supported by officers.
Surrey Police issued an appeal for any witnesses who may have seen "someone acting suspiciously in the area before the police were called last night, or a young male running from the scene south down Green Hill Road and into the neighbouring roads".
Det Sup Mark Chapman, from the Surrey Police major crimes unit, said the stabbing was a "tragic and senseless act".
"Detectives have been working tirelessly over the last day and a half to be able to really establish what has gone on," he said.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Simon Dunn from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: “This was a tragic incident which has resulted in a young man losing his life due to the injuries he sustained. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends for their loss. The victim’s family are being provided with the support and immediate care they need at this difficult time.
“We would like to reassure the local community that we are working tirelessly to establish the circumstances of this senseless and violent attack, and to ensure that whoever is responsible is brought to justice as soon as possible.
“There is still a heavy police presence in the area and a cordon remains at the scene to allow crime scene investigators to gather evidence and the road is still closed. We would like to thank local residents for their patience and support while we carry out our investigations.”
Just over seven hours earlier a 15-year-old boy was killed outside homes near the Shropshire Union Canal in Pendeford, Wolverhampton.
He was found with stab injuries and pronounced dead at the scene at around 4:15pm.
A 16-year-old boy and 46-year-old woman, both from Wolverhampton, were arrested - the boy on suspicion of murder and the woman on suspicion of assisting an offender.
She was later released pending further investigation.
Police officers including forensics experts carried out investigations at the scene on Saturday morning, with large areas of parkland cordoned off.
Canal boats passing through were told by police to turn around.
One canal boat owner said they had been told a water search is set to take place.
A woman who lives in the area, but would not be named, said: "About 20 minutes before the [air ambulance] came I heard kids screaming, but didn't think anything of it.
"It's scary, firstly you're concerned for the family and what's happened.
"You don't feel safe, and it's not the first time something has happened."
On Sunday police appealed for footage that was shared online which is thought to show some of the fatal stabbing.
The force believes that a video of some of the attack was posted to Snapchat and has appealed for anyone with a copy to share it with officers.
West Midlands Police is also seeking to speak to a group who were standing near a takeaway before the stabbing.
Detectives want to identify the people who were stood outside Pendeford Fish Bar in The Haymarket at 3.40pm.