'Murders not linked' says Welwyn Hatfield police chief

PUBLISHED: 10:20 17 March 2014 | UPDATED: 10:21 17 March 2014

Chief inspector Jo Walker

Chief inspector Jo Walker

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Welwyn Hatfield's chief inspector today (Monday) said teams of experienced detectives and specialists are working on two murder cases in the borough.

It comes after a man in his 20s was stabbed to death in Welwyn Garden City last night (Sunday).

On Wednesday last week, a murder investigation was launched following the death of four-year-old girl in Hatfield.

Carl Wheatley, 30, was charged with killing Alexa-Marie Quinn, and is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court tomorrow (Tuesday).

Police were called to Guinness House, Little Hardings, at around 6.30pm last night, where a man in his 20s from Welwyn Garden City had been stabbed.

Officers do not believe the killings are linked.

In a statement released this morning, Chief Inspector for Welwyn Hatfield, Jo Walker said: “I am sure that the deaths currently being investigated in Welwyn Hatfield will be of concern to residents.

“These are highly unusual events for the borough and I would reassure people that we have a number of experienced detectives and specialist officers investigating them.

“We have one person charged in connection with the death of Alexa-Marie in Hatfield and a further person in custody for the death in Welwyn Garden City on Sunday. We do not believe the deaths are linked.

“My deepest sympathies go to the families of both victims.

“Specialist family liaison officers will be providing them with support at this extremely distressing time. “If any residents do have concerns in relation to either of these deaths I would ask them to speak to their local Safer Neighbourhood Team by calling the non-emergency number, 101.

“If you have any information please report this to police via 101 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

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