Teenager arrested on suspicion of murder after stabbing in Bedford

Stock image of a police tape (PA)
Stock image of a police tape (PA)

An 18-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a fatal stabbing in a busy part of Bedford, police have said.

Emergency services were called just before 2pm on Friday to a report that a man had been stabbed in Riverfield Drive, Bedfordshire Police said.

A man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after.

The 18-year-old was arrested and placed in police custody for questioning on Friday after a murder inquiry was launched by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit.

Although the victim has not yet been formally identified, police said his family are being supported.

Detective Inspector Dale Mepstead said: “We understand that incidents such as these have a significant impact on our residents.

“Our thoughts are first and foremost with the loved ones of the man who lost his life in such awful circumstances.

“This incident happened in a busy area with several people present.

“If you witnessed this or if you have any video footage or images, then please get in touch.

“There is no place for knife crime within our society and we will continue to do what we can to tackle this.”

Police have asked anyone with any information to visit the Bedfordshire Police website or call 101 quoting Operation Konic.