Police appeal to the public after murder in Stevenage

A MANHUNT is under way following a murder in Stevenage yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

A 32-year-old man from Stevenage, who is yet to be formally identified, sustained fatal injuries in a house in Bowcock Walk at around 4.30pm.

Two ambulances were called to the scene and, following treatment, the man was taken to Lister Hospital where he died shortly after arrival.

A post mortem is expected to take place today and a police cordon remains in place at the address in Bowcock Walk while police carry out further investigations.

Police are now making an urgent appeal for assistance from the public to locate a man in his late 20s who is believed to have left Bowcock Walk in a car shortly after the incident.

The man is described as black, with lighter skin or possibly mixed race, around 5ft 6ins tall with short dark hair.

He was reported to be wearing black tracksuit bottoms, white trainers and a light coloured top with black writing across it.

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The man is believed to have been known by the victim.

Flowers and tributes to the victim have been left by a tree just outside the police cordon.

Detective chief inspector Steve Collin, from the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit, said: “This is a tragic incident where a man has sadly lost his life and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.

“We are very keen to speak to this man in connection with this incident as he is likely to hold information which could prove vital to our investigation.”

He added: “I would ask anyone who knows this man or saw a man fitting his description in the vicinity around the time of the incident to get in touch. I would also be keen to speak to anyone who is aware of events leading up to the incident.”

A woman from Rockingham Way, whose garden backs onto Bowcock Walk, said: “It kept me awake all night.

“At one point I looked out my window and could see people up on ladders looking into trees.”

Stevenage chief inspector Richard Liversidge said: “Officers from the Stevenage Neighbourhood Team are conducting extra patrols in the area at this time.

“If you have any concerns or information, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room number on 01707 355666. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.