Panshanger murder probe: Residents’ horror after man stabbed to death

PUBLISHED: 14:45 18 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:21 20 June 2018

Police and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOO

Police and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Welwyn Garden City residents have been left shocked after a man was stabbed to death in Panshanger over the weekend.

Police and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOOPolice and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOO

Police launched a murder probe after the victim, a WGC man in his 30s, was found with “stab wounds” in Ley Walk at 1.39am on Saturday, June 16.

A Long Ley resident said: “There was armed police and ambulances, police cars blocked the whole road, and forensics were there too.

“There was a really quick response and I think it went on until about 5am.

Police and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOOPolice and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOO

“You just don’t expect it outside your front door.”

The mum-of-two said it had made her want to move away from the area.

A police spokeswoman confirmed that no-one has been arrested.

Police and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOOPolice and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOO

Another local added: “From down by the flats the whole road was chockablock with police and ambulances. I kept trying to go back to sleep but it was so noisy.”

Several residents reported that police officers were frantically combing the area for evidence immediately after the alleged attack.

A mother-of-three, who said the scene “felt like a TV show”, added: “We had a skip at the back of the house and they had to go through it to look for the murder weapon.”

Police and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOOPolice and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOO

Detective Inspector Pushpa Guild confirmed the victim died at the scene and a post-mortem is yet to take place.

She said: “We are at the very early stages of this investigation and are continuing to work to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this man’s death.”

A Grove Meadow resident said: “It makes you fell unsafe as it is a bit close to home.

Police and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOOPolice and forensics teams on the scene in Long Ley, Panshanger. Picture: DANNY LOO

“You hear about it on the news but you do not think it’s going to be in your local area – you could pass them [the suspected murderer] on the street.”

The attack comes just months after a separate fatal stabbing in Ludwick Way, WGC, for which four men are currently on trial.

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