Welwyn Garden City residents in shock at murder probe
PUBLISHED: 15:20 19 January 2018 | UPDATED: 11:54 23 January 2018
Neighbours have spoken of their shock after a murder investigation was launched following a stabbing in Welwyn Garden City.
Residents of Ludwick Way are reeling from the news that a man was fatally stabbed last night.
Police were called to the scene at about 10.20pm and the man died despite the efforts of paramedics.
Kayley, a 20-year-old mum who lives directly opposite the scene, took her bins out at about 10pm.
She said: “When I took my bins out I didn’t see or hear anything but it’s terrifying to think that I could have witnessed it.
“Even if I had witnessed it I don’t know what I would have done.”
The police have confirmed that the attack is not believed to be gang related.
A Ludwick Way resident added: “I was in at the time that it happened [10.20pm] but I didn’t hear any ambulances or any noise for that matter.
“It’s happened right on our door step and it is so scary.
“Around here the street lights go off at midnight and it’s pitch black.
“You can’t see a thing and something really needs to be done about it as it doesn’t feel safe.”
Mark Jilvert, 37, and Gill Knight, 46, of Ludwick Way were out walking their two dogs this afternoon when they discovered what had happened.
Mark said: “I suffer with paranoia and anxiety so this doesn’t help.
“It makes me feel more nervous about walking around here at night.
“I don’t go out much as it is but I wouldn’t walk around at night.”
Gill, who was beaten up by a group of teenagers four years ago in the area, said: “It’s not been safe around here for a while.
“Kids hang around by Woodhall shops and it is so intimidating so I’m not surprised that something this horrid has happened.”
A 63-year-old resident from a nearby road said: “It’s sad that it has come to this as it’s right on our doorsteps.
“I don’t go out when it’s dark.
“I haven’t for years out of the fear of something bad happening.
“My thoughts go out to those who knew him.
“He could be a father and his poor mum, I can’t even imagine.”
Graham Holland, 62, who lives in the area, said: “I’ve lived here since the 80s and it used to be such a safe place to live.
“You could walk around at anytime and not have to worry but not anymore.
“While living here someone attempted to break into my house but luckily the police caught them.”
Sam, 24, who lives in Panshanger but was working in the area, said: “Crime can happen anywhere.
“People seem to think that just because the houses cost a lot of money that crime won’t happen here.
“Compared to places like London it’s a very safe place and I love living here because it’s so quiet.
“There are a lot of kids from around here that think they’re big boys but they’re not.
“There’s always someone bigger than you.”
Sam added: “My best mate’s nan stopped going to Woodhall shops because the kids down there were shouting at people as they walked past.
“They’re all just wallies.”
Councillor Malcolm Cowan for Peartree said: “Having spoken to a number of Peartree residents since news of this tragic death, it is clear that many are less certain about their safety in the area, particularly since the rise in anti-social behaviour has now been going on for 18 months.
“Incidents like this show the folly of keeping reducing police numbers when crime is rising again.”
•A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.
Detective chief inspector Jerome Kent from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit is leading the investigation and said: “I would urge anyone who witnessed what happened, heard or saw anything unusual in the area around the time of the incident, or has any other information – however insignificant it may seem – to come forward and speak to my officers.
“Please contact us via 101, quoting Operation Burgundy.”