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Detectives make another arrest in Cambridgeshire murder investigation

Sam Mechelewski was found dead in woods at Huntingdon. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Cambridgeshire have arrested a woman on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Sam Mechelewski, 20, was found dead by a member of the public on February 1 in woods at Hinchingbrooke Country Park. A post mortem revealed he died as a result of a stab wound.

This morning (April 5) a woman in her 30s from Huntingdon was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and possessing a Class B drug.

In February a man was arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation.

Last week a woman in her 20s was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender. She was later released under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding Sam’s death should call police on 101 quoting CC-01022018-0198 or visit https://mipp.police.uk/operation/554. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Arsonist jailed for five years after Cambridgeshire attacks

Michael Hall was found guilty of arson. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police.

An arsonist who set fire to a house as part of a string of attacks against two people has been jailed for five years.

Michael Hall, 28, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of arson with intent to endanger life, arson, burglary, threatening to damage property and criminal damage at Cambridge Crown Court.

In August last year, Hall broke into a woman's home, in Brickenden Road, Peterborough and stole a number of items of little monetary value.

He went on to send messages to a male victim via Facebook threatening to harm him, his family and property.

He then set light to cardboard and posted it through the door of the man’s home in Dogsthorpe Road as well as a garage belonging to the victim in Towler Street causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Hall was sentenced to five years in prison and two years on licence for arson with intent to endanger life.

He received three years for arson, 18 months for threatening to commit criminal damage and two months for criminal damage.

He also received six months for theft which he had pleaded guilty to. All of the sentences are to be served concurrently.

Hall was also given a restraining order not to contact his victims.

“Hall is a dangerous offender who showed no remorse towards his victims or throughout the trial.”

– Det Con John Bimson
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