Police reveal the identity of the man who was stabbed to death in Watford

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The man who was stabbed to death in Watford has been named by Hertfordshire police as Luke O’Connell who was 27 years old.

Another man who has been accused of the stabbing has been named as Hamza Shah, 19, from Watford will appear before Hatfield Remand Court today.

A Hertfordshire police spokesperson said:  ‘Luke suffered serious injuries following an incident in Gammons Lane just before 3am and was pronounced dead in hospital.’

‘A three vehicle collision occurred before a fight broke out involving a number of people. The family of Luke O’Connell are appealing to anyone who may have any information about what happened to him to contact police.’

Luke’s mother said: ‘As you can imagine we are absolutely devastated at what has happened to Luke. He had his whole life ahead of him and we are heartbroken.’

Detective Chief Inspector Justine Jenkins, from the BCH Major Crime Unit, said: ‘Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this awful time and they are being supported by specially trained officers.

‘A 19-year-old-man from Watford has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

‘We are still in the very early stages of our investigation and extensive enquiries are being carried out to help establish the sequence of events.

Watford Chief Inspector Matt Phillips said: ‘I understand this sad news will cause alarm to the local community and I would like to reassure residents that we are working closely with MP Richard Harrington and Watford Borough Council to support anyone who has been affected by this terrible loss of life.

‘Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have information that can help the investigation.’

If you can help, call the non-emergency number 101, quoting Operation Orient. Alternatively, you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org. (Featured Image Credit: Hertfordshire Police).



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