The family of a 16-year-old boy killed in Bedford have paid tribute to their 'much loved son'.
Cemeren Yilmaz, who was known as Cem was attacked in Ashmead Road on Sunday night. (16th September).
Cem was attacked by a group of males and suffered stab wounds as well as other injuries.
He was taken to hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead the following day.
“Cem was a much loved son, grandson and brother. It is a very sad loss for us as a family and we are heartbroken at his death. He was a lovely and popular boy and had his whole life ahead of him. We would ask that our privacy is respected at this difficult time.”
Detectives are now appealing to Cem’s friends to help police with the investigation into his death.
Police have made two further arrests, a 40-year-old man from Bedford and a 15-year-old boy from Bedford, on suspicion of murder, taking the total number of arrests in the investigation to six.
Four people – two 19-year-old men and two 15-year-old boys, all from Bedford – had already been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.
“Our hearts go out to Cem’s family at this incredibly difficult time. We are absolutely determined to bring those responsible for this shocking attack to justice. While we are piecing together the information about what happened, we are really keen to hear from Cem’s friends about the background to this appalling incident. We would like to speak to anyone who can help us understand why Cem was targeted, or anyone who has any other information that could help us with our enquiries."
Detectives have made more arrests in connection with the killing of a 16-year-old boy in Bedford.
Four teenagers – two 19-year-olds and two 15-year-old boys, all from Bedford – have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The incident happened at around 10.20pm on Sunday in Ashmead Road.
The victim was attacked by a group of males and suffered stab wounds as well as other injuries.
He was taken to hospital for treatment but was pronounced dead yesterday morning.
Police in Bedford have launched a murder investigation after a 16-year-old boy suffered stab wounds and other injuries.
The incident happened at around 10.20pm on Sunday 16 September and the boy died in hospital from his injuries.
Police officers are now carrying out additional high visibility patrols in the area.
“It is always a tragedy when someone so young loses their life and our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends.
“We will do all we can to trace those responsible and bring them to justice. The public can play a big part in helping us do that.
“Anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident, or has any other information, should contact us as soon as they can.”
A 19-year-old man from Bedford has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in custody.
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A man from Bedford has been jailed for seven years for using a knife to rob people at a cash machine.
Luke Byrne, 18, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Luton Crown Court after pleading guilty to two robberies, and one attempted robbery.
On 21 February, Byrne used a knife to intimidate and rob a teenager who had withdrawn £80 from the cashpoint at the Texaco petrol station on Elstow Road.
On 25 March, at 6.30pm, he tried to rob a 60-year-old woman, threatening her with a large kitchen knife but she screamed, and he ran off.
On 5 April, at 11.30pm, Byrne used a knife and verbal threats towards another teenager, and stole £250 that he had just withdrawn from the cashpoint.
Byrne was captured on CCTV, and identified by one of the victims.
He was sentenced to two years each for the robberies, and a further two years for the attempted robbery. He also received two sentences of six months in addition for possessing knives.
“People have a right to draw their own cash in safety on our streets.
“Knife crime continues to be a high priority for the force, and we will bring offenders to justice for such serious crimes.”