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Milton Keynes stabbings: Police suspect gatecrashers in 'targeted' fatal attack at house party

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Two teenagers who were fatally stabbed at a house party were “targeted” by masked uninvited guests armed with knives, police have said. 

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The victims, named locally as 17-year-olds Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice, were knifed shortly before midnight on Saturday.

One died at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of Sunday.

The two close friends were attending a birthday party in Archford Croft, Milton Keynes when they were attacked.

Flowers left at a housing estate following the double stabbing (PA)

Det Ch Supt Ian Hunter, the Thames Valley Police head of crime, said: “Although we believe that all of those involved were known to each other, we believe that those responsible arrived at the party uninvited, wore face coverings and they were armed with knives in what appears to be a targeted attack.”

A 17-year-old boy and a 23-year-old man also suffered knife wounds and were taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The 17-year-old has since been discharged from hospital and the 23-year-old is recovering well, police confirmed.

Det Ch Supt Hunter said officers were speaking to party guests as well as the two surviving victims. 

Det Ch Supt Ian Hunter of Thames Valley Police speaks to the media after two teenage boys were stabbed to death at a party in a housing estate (PA)

No arrests had been made as of Monday afternoon.

He added: “I have a clear message to those responsible. We are looking for you and I urge you to hand yourself into a police station as soon as possible.

“I also wish to remind anybody that might be assisting or asked to assist those responsible that it is a criminal offence to do so and can lead to prosecution.”

Police, including specialist forensics officers, expect to remain on the scene for a number of days and have increased patrols in the Emerson Valley area of Milton Keynes.

Police at a housing estate in Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes (PA)

A large police cordon around the house and the surrounding area was in place on Monday as police dogs examined a nearby cycle path.

Formal identification of both teenagers and a Home Office post-mortem are expected to take place on Tuesday.

Mr Hunter once again asked any witnesses to speak to police.

He said: “I am re-appealing to anybody who thinks that they have any information, no matter how insignificant you believe this to be, to come forward.

“There are people who can help our investigation that we wish to hear from and we have supportive and experienced staff ready to listen, we will not tolerate any witness intimidation and we can provide you with the necessary support.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote reference number 1761 of October 19, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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