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Police hunt masked gatecrashers armed with knives after two murders at house party

The victims have been named locally as Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice. Credit: Facebook

Police say they're hunting masked gatecrashers armed with knives after the 'dreadful' attack that left two 17-year-olds dead in Milton Keynes.

Police were called to Archford Croft, Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes at 11.59pm on Saturday night, just before midnight.

Tragically, as a result of this incident, one 17-year-old boy died of his injuries at the scene and a second boy, also 17, was taken to hospital, where sadly, he also died.

Two other males, one aged 17, and one aged 23, were also injured at the private house party. Police say one man has been discharged, and the other is recovering from his injuries in hospital.

Police say it's a dreadful incident and a significant investigation led by their Major Crime Unit continues.

They say the party was a private birthday party, and although we believe that all of those involved were known to each other, we believe that those responsible arrived at the party uninvited, wore face coverings and they were armed with knives in what appears to be a targeted attack.

Police have cordoned off the area where the attack took place Credit: ITV Anglia
Det Ch Supt Ian Hunter is appealing for help from the public Credit: ITV Anglia

We are following a number of active lines of enquiry at this time, including speaking to those who were guests at the party and the two injured victims. Whilst no arrests have yet been made, we are working around the clock to make arrests and are continuing to search relevant places. I have a clear message to those responsible. We are looking for you and I urge you to hand yourself into a police station as soon as possible. I also wish to remind anybody that might be assisting or asked to assist those responsible that it is a criminal offence to do so and can lead to prosecution.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter
Police say it's a fast moving investigation Credit: ITV Anglia

Det Ch Supt Hunter says there remains an increased police presence in Archford Croft in Emerson Valley and house to house and CCTV enquiries are continuing in what is a fast-moving investigation.

Police expect to remain at the address for several days to come.

Home Office post-mortems for the two boys that died will be conducted on Tuesday, and the families of both victims are being supported by specially trained family liaison officers.

I am re-appealing to anybody who thinks that they have any information, no matter how insignificant you believe this to be, to come forward. There are people who can help our investigation that we wish to hear from and we have supportive and experienced staff ready to listen, we will not tolerate any witness intimidation and we can provide you with the necessary support.

If you have not yet spoken to police but have any information that can help our investigation, please call the 24-hour non-emergency number 101, quoting the unique reference number 1761 of 19 October.

You can also provide information direct to the investigation team via our Major Incident Police Portal at: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/43H219A75-PO1 If you don’t wish to talk directly with police, I would remind you that you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Det Ch Supt Ian Hunter