Man dies after suffering stab injuries - another held in custody on suspicion of murder

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Detectives investigating the death of a man in Bedford yesterday afternoon (Monday, January 26) say he suffered stab injuries.

Police are appealing to residents in Byron Crescent and neighbouring streets to contact them immediately if they find a knife or other sharp object discarded in their gardens, wheelie bins or elsewhere. Those living in Shakespeare Road may be of particular help, say police.

Householders are advised not to touch anything they find but to immediately contact police.

A man is his 40s, who was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday evening, continues to be interviewed at Kempston custody suite.

Officers were called to a flat at Wordsworth Court in Byron Crescent at around 4.30pm after a man in his 30s died while being treated by paramedics in an ambulance.

The area was taped off for a full forensic investigation and the victim, who has not yet been named, was taken to Bedford Hospital south wing. A post-mortem examination will be held and it is only then that police will know exact cause of death.

An investigation, called Operation Dianthus, was launched by the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit and later a man was arrested.

Police remain at the scene and a family living directly next door to the home where the incident happened were relocated last night, which police say is normal procedure.

A neighbour said: “Occasionally we do have police here.

“I heard the ambulance and raised voices but that is all I know.”

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact them, in confidence, on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.