Bedfordshire Police say St Mary’s Street stabbing was targeted attack

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St Mary’s Street Stabbing

Bedfordshire Police have released more details about the fatal stabbing in St. Mary’s Street this morning and say they believe it was a targeted attack.

Officers were called to a flat in St Mary’s Street after they received calls that a group of men had broken in and attacked the victim. Despite paramedics also attending, the 30 year old Bedford man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers then found a 21-year-old man, also from Bedford, in nearby Cauldwell Street. He had knife injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this difficult time. While our investigations are at an early stage, we believe this was a targeted attack and we are keen to trace a group of men who were in the area at the time.

“We are determined to bring those responsible to justice and would urge anyone with information that could help our enquiries to come forward.

“If you were in the area at the time, or saw anything suspicious, or have any information that could help us understand the background to this incident, we would urge you to get in touch.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 101, quoting Operation Woodleigh, or alternatively get in touch with the force through our online reporting centre. You can also give information to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Officers will be conducting high visibility patrols in the area to provide reassurance over the weekend.

A number of road closures were in place in Bedford on Friday to allow for forensic recovery and searches, but all roads are now reopened.

Signpost Hub is also offering free and confidential support to victims in Bedfordshire, who may have been affected by this, or any crime, whether it has been reported to police or not and irrespective of where and when the crime occurred.

Contact 0800 028 2887 or visitwww.signpostforbedfordshire.com for further information.