18-year-old charged with murder of father of two following Riverfield Drive stabbing

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Leon Penman. Image: Bedfordshire Police
Leon Penman. Image: Bedfordshire Police

An 18-year-old has been charged with murder following the stabbing of a man on Riverfield Drive, Bedford on Friday (24 May).

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Leon Penman, 20, from Bedford, died following the stabbing in Riverfield Drive shortly before 2pm. His family are being supported by specially-trained officers, and a post-mortem is due to take place.

Jacob Zuco, 18, of Kimble Drive, Bedford was arrested and has since been charged with Leon’s murder.

In a statement, Leon’s family said: “Leon was a much-loved son, brother and a loving father to two beautiful daughters and a friend to many. 

“Leon will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  We are all truly devastated.”

Flowers have been left near to where Leon Penman died on 24 May 2024. Image: Bedford Independent
Flowers have been left near to where Leon Penman died on 24 May 2024. Image: Bedford Independent

Detective Inspector Dale Mepstead, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Our thoughts are very much with Leon’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.

“We understand this was a shocking incident for the local community and we would like to reassure them that we have had detectives working tirelessly on this case, securing a charge.

“I’d like to thank members of the public at the scene for all their assistance, and those who have since come forward with information. I’d continue to encourage anyone with information to get in touch.”

Zuco has been remanded in police custody ahead of an appearance at Luton Magistrates’ Court on Monday (27 May).

Anyone with information or footage of the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting Operation Konic, or visit beds.police.uk