Man, 18, arrested in St Albans stabbing murder inquiry

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man and woman were stabbed in Hertfordshire.

Emergency services were called to a property on Sherwood Avenue, in St Albans, at about 0840 BST.  A 46-year-old man died at the scene and a 53-year-old woman has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with “serious injuries”, police said.

Det Supt Michael Hanlon said: “We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the inquiry.”

‘Nice, quiet area’

“A police cordon will remain at the scene for some time while forensic investigations take place,” he said.  “I would like to reassure the local community that this is an isolated incident.”  Gary Sanderson, spokesman for The East of England Ambulance Service, said two ambulance crews from St Albans were sent to the scene, followed by an air ambulance.

“Sadly, after the best efforts of the paramedics, a man was pronounced dead at the scene,” he said.  “A second casualty, a woman, received life threatening injuries.  “Following treatment, she was airlifted to a specialist trauma unit in Cambridgeshire.”

Dennis Feakins, who lives on Sherwood Avenue, said: “The first thing we knew that anything was wrong was when the police and the ambulances all turned up this morning.  “Officers were getting out the car with guns, there were paramedics on scene, we just didn’t know what was going on.

“Then an air ambulance landed in a field at the local school – it was absolute chaos. “This is a nice, quiet area, the last place you’d ever expect something like this to happen.”  He said he believed the stabbing had taken place at a house where a woman lives with her teenage son.

He added: “I nod at them in the street, they are nice people, quiet, they keep themselves to themselves generally.”

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