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Bedford stabbing: Police rule out racial motive behind murder

19-year-old Isaac Stone. Photo:

Detectives are continuing to ask the public for help with their investigation into the death of 19-year-old Isaac Stone who was fatally stabbed in Costin Street, Bedford onSaturday evening.

At around 6.20pm, Bedfordshire Police received reports that a man had been stabbed and despite officers and paramedics quickly attending the scene, he died a short time later.

The murder scene at Costin Street in Bedford.

A 20-year-old-man, who sustained significant injuries during the incident, was arrested on suspicion of murder but has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A number of people are believed to have run from the scene and Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson from the Major Crime Unit is keen to trace anyone who may have information relating to this inquiry.

“We have already received a great deal of information about what happened on Saturday evening and detectives now have a much clearer picture of the events that led to this tragic incident where a young life was lost.

“It is clear that this was a targeted attack, we are confident that there was not a racial motive behind the murder and it is more than likely that the victim knew who his attackers were.

“A number of people were seen running from the scene who may have been involved and our task continues to be identifying and tracing anyone who was present or involved in the assault.

“If you were one of these people but only witnessed events then we need you to come forward and assist us with this investigation. Anything that you tell us will be treated in strict confidence."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Hutchinson, Major Crime Unit

Officers executed three warrants at addresses in Bedford and Shortstown earlier this week as they continue their investigation.

Anyone with information can contact Bedfordshire Police, in confidence on 101. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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