Saturday, 06 March 2021

Two arrests made after fatal stabbing

Two arrests made after fatal stabbing

TWO men have been arrested after a fatal stabbing in Caversham.

The victim, a 24-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene in Managua Close at around 12.55am on February 14 after being found with a stab wound to the chest.

Thames Valley Police subsequently arrested a 22-year-old-man on suspicion of murder on Tuesday and he is currently in police custody.

Another man, also 22, was arrested on Monday on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

Det Insp Mike Roddy, from the Major Crime Unit, said: “I would like to reiterate the need for anyone with any information or footage which they think could be relevant to contact us. Your information could be vital to our investigation.

“Members of the public are likely to see an increased police presence in Reading while our investigation continues. We have also extended a section 60 order, which allows officers greater powers to carry out stop and search activity.

“Please feel free to speak to our officers if you have any questions or concerns. Tackling knife crime is an absolute priority for Thames Valley Police and we will not tolerate it.”

Officers have appealed for anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage from Managua Close, Nire Road and Ian Mikado Way between 11pm on February 13 and 1am on February 14 to make contact.

Supt Nick John, local area policing commander for Reading, said: “These arrests are a significant development and demonstrate how thorough the Major Crime Unit’s investigation has been. 

“This should provide reassurance to people in Reading. I know there have been a number of violent incidents in the town in recent weeks, including two other murder investigations being launched.

“However, I would like to remind people again that none of these incidents are believed to be linked to each other in any way. I would like to again thank the people of the town for their patience and understanding at this time. Reading is a safe place to live and I hope people can be reassured that if violent offences do take place that our officers will carry out swift and effective investigations and that robust meaures will be put in place to ensure everyone’s safety.”

If you have any information, contact the non-emergency number 101, quoting the reference number 43210062322.

You can also make a report to the independent charity Crimestoppers while remaining anonymous by calling 0800 555 111.

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