Police start murder investigation after stabbing on Riverfield Drive

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Bedfordshire Police have arrested a teenager in connection with a fatal stabbing in Bedford earlier today (Friday).

Read: Police on scene after reports man stabbed on Riverfield Drive

Emergency services were called just before 2pm to a report that a man had been stabbed in Riverfield Drive.

The victim – a man in his 20s – was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after. While he has not yet been formally identified, his family are being supported.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody for questioning.

A murder enquiry has now been launched by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.

Detective Inspector Dale Mepstead said: “We understand that incidents such as these have a significant impact on our residents. Our thoughts are first and foremost with the loved ones of the man who lost his life in such awful circumstances.

“This incident happened in a busy area with several people present. If you witnessed this or if you have any video footage or images, then please get in touch.

“There is no place for knife crime within our society and we will continue to do what we can to tackle this.”

A scene guard is currently in place around the Riverfield Drive area, including the car park at the B&M store so people are being advised to avoid the area.

If you have any information please visit beds.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Konic.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.