Fatal stabbing in Newbury – 41 year old man arrested

Police helicopter last night

Police helicopter last night

There was a sense of déjà vu last night as events unfolded. Another fatal stabbing in Newbury. Well, the last one at this end of town was over a year ago. This one seems to have taken place in a similar type of environment, I would guess.

Not good. My prayers and thoughts go out to the family and friends of the man involved. What an appalling waste of life!

Again, I am astoundingly impressed by our local police. Again, they make an arrest within hours.

At first, not knowing what was going on, I expressed annoyance at the continual circling of the police helicopter overhead yesterday evening. Their chopper has a distinctive sound which varies as it circles, and, after a while, it starts to get to you. However, I am happy to apologise for expressing my annoyance because, in retrospect, the helicopter was obviously vital and a very good use of taxpayers’ money.

From Thames Valley Police:

Murder investigation launched – Newbury (update 1)

Thursday 20 June 2013, 0:19am
Thames Valley Police has arrested a man on suspicion of murder after the death of a man in Newbury yesterday evening (19/06).

Officers were called to an address in The Nightingales, Newbury, by South Central Ambulance Service who was attending following a report of a seriously injured man. The man, who had been the victim of a serious assault, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested near the scene on suspicion of murder. He is currently in police custody.

Det Ch Insp Ian Hunter said: “A thorough search of the area lead to the arrest of the suspect who is now in police custody. I would like to reassure the public that we believe this to be an isolated incident.”

Supt Robin Rickard, LPA Commander – West Berkshire, said “We would like to thank the public for their cooperation during our investigation. Incidents such as these, while rare, can be distressing and disruptive to the local community.

“Our neighbourhood policing teams will be carrying out extra patrols in the area to address any concerns residents may have a provide reassurance.”

Anyone with information that can assist the investigation should contact Det Ch Insp Ian Hunter on the 24-hour non-emergency number 101.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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