Monday, 2 Oct 2023

Four arrested after boy, 16, stabbed to death in broad daylight

A murder investigation has been launched after a boy was stabbed to death in Northampton.

The 16-year-old was found in the Kingsthorpe area of the town today.

Officers had been called at about 3.35pm to Harborough Road, close to the junction with The Cock Hotel, after receiving reports a boy had been stabbed.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he died shortly afterwards.

Four men aged 49, 21, 16 and 14, have been arrested in connection with the boy’s death and remain in police custody at this time.

A police cordon is expected to remain in place overnight and house-to-house enquiries are being carried out.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Simon Barnes, said: ‘This is an exceptionally sad and tragic incident in which a young boy with his whole life ahead of him has died and I want to reassure the public that we are absolutely determined to bring the people involved to justice.

‘Arrests were promptly made this evening, and enquiries are continuing to move at a fast pace however I would still appeal for any witnesses or anyone with information who has not yet come forward, to please do so.

‘Whilst we do believe that this was an isolated incident, high-visibility police patrols will be taking place in the Kingsthorpe area to reassure the local community.

‘I would encourage anyone with concerns in the area to approach one of our officers who will be happy to help.’

Witnesses, anyone with information, or anyone with CCTV, doorbell, or dash-cam footage of the area at the time, should call Northamptonshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 23000174855.

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