A murder investigation has been launched by Thames Valley Police following the death of a man in Church Street, High Wycombe on the evening Saturday 22nd August 2015.
Police were called to All Saints Church in Church Square at approximately 8.50pm following reports that a man had been been stabbed.
The ambulance service also attended and the victim, who is yet to be formally identified but is thought to be aged in his twenties, was declared deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.
Supt Gill Wootton said (on the evening of Saturday 22nd August 2015) : ‘A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a young man this evening. We are in the very early stages of our enquiries and our priorities at this time are to conduct a thorough investigation and to support those who have been affected by this man’s death. Officers are currently at the scene which has been cordoned off and members of the public are asked to avoid the area.
Anyone with any concerns should speak to officers or call 101 for advice.
I would also ask that anyone who has any information about what has happened here this evening contacts police via the 24-hour 101 number as soon as possible.‘
Thames Valley Police officers have arrested two people in connection with the murder investigation.
Two men, both aged 37 and from Ealing, were arrested on the morning of Sunday 23rd August 2015 on suspicion of murder. They are currently in custody.
Senior Investigating Officer, Det Chief Insp Ailsa Kent from the Major Crime Unit, said: ‘We are in the early stages of this investigation and we currently have two men in custody who are being questioned by detectives in connection with this death.
At this time we believe that this was a targeted attack.
Residents will understandably be shocked by what happened here last night. I would like to reassure you that this appears to have been an isolated incident involving people who were known to each other.
Officers remain in the High Wycombe town centre today conducting enquiries and gathering evidence at the scene.
I would ask that anyone who has any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, calls Thames Valley Police immediately via the 101 number.‘
Later, on the morning of Sunday 23rd August 2015, police revealed that a 36 year old woman and a 30 year old man from Beaconsfield have also been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder. They are also both currently in custody.
If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.