Police have begun two separate murder investigations after two men were killed in separate Cambridgeshire villages within the space of a few hours on Friday. Officials said both victims appeared to have suffered multiple stab wounds but the incidents were believed to be unrelated.
The first killing happened shortly after midnight in St Neots, around 16 miles west of Cambridge, after reports of violence in the area. Officers discovered the body of a man who was identified as being in his 20s.
Questions have been raised over the police response time to the incident, with reports suggesting there was a delay of around 20 minutes between the initial 999 call and officers arriving on the scene.
The second victim was found in Warboys, around 10 miles northwest of St Neots, at around 10:45am. The victim, also in his 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have appealed for witnesses and have assured residents that the incidents are being treated with the utmost seriousness.
The two killings, which took place in normally peaceful communities, have caused widespread shock and alarm among residents. Police have increased patrols in the affected areas and urged anyone with information to come forward.
Investigations into both incidents are ongoing and police have not yet made any arrests. The incidents have prompted renewed calls for action on knife crime, with experts warning that such incidents have become all too common in recent years. It is unclear at this stage what the motives for the killings might have been.
Authorities have stressed that such incidents are rare in Cambridgeshire and that the area remains a safe place to live and work. However, the killings have clearly shaken residents and led to calls for greater police resources to be allocated to the area to prevent such tragedies from occurring again in future.