Nottingham attacks: Police given more time to question murder suspect after city centre rampage

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Police have been given more time to question a man on suspicion of murder following the deaths of three people in a series of knife and van attacks in Nottingham city centre.

Nottinghamshire Police confirmed that detectives now have until the early hours of Saturday morning to question the 31-year-old man.

Talented 19-year-old students Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Barnaby Webber were found stabbed to death in the city centre's Ilkeston Road at around 4am on Tuesday.

Dedicated school caretaker Ian Coates, 65, was then found dead in Magdala Road after his van was allegedly stolen by the suspect.

The victims, two 19-year-olds and a man in his 50s, were fatally knifed before the attacker allegedly stole the older victim's van and tried to run over three people in the city centre.

The three victims of the Nottingham attack, from L-R: Barnaby Webber, Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Ian Robert Coates. Credit: Handouts/PA

Nottinghamshire Police arrested the man on Tuesday on suspicion of murder after being tasered by officers.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust said two patients are now stable and one has been discharged following van attacks on the same morning.

Earlier today, the two students and a school caretaker killed in a knife and van rampage in Nottingham were honoured by a moment’s silence ahead of the first Ashes test.

Cricketers from both England and Australia wore black armbands to “show solidarity” as they took to the field at Edgbaston Stadium on Friday, with a moment’s silence being held before the national anthems.