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Man stabbed outside flats in suspected murder on Knightrider Street, Maidstone, named locally

A man who died after being stabbed outside a block of flats in a town centre has been named locally.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are still quizzing two people following a suspected murder in Maidstone on Saturday.

Officers were called to a report of a disturbance outside Chaucer House in Knightrider Street at around midnight where a man in his 30s had suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

A woman, also in her 30s, was taken to hospital for treatment.

Her injuries are not believed to be serious.

Police have now confirmed the victim - named by neighbours and friends as a 37-year-old man called Wesley - suffered stab wounds, though said the official cause of death will not be established until a post-mortem is held on Wednesday.

He is believed to have been homeless before moving into an apartment at Chaucer House last year and was due to move into a new property today.

The scene on Knightrider Street, Maidstone, following a suspected murder. Picture: Mike Mahoney (7086284)
The scene on Knightrider Street, Maidstone, following a suspected murder. Picture: Mike Mahoney (7086284)

Josh Glue, 27, who also used to live in the block before moving to Pope Street, said: "Wesley was an absolute legend.

"Anything he had that you needed, he would give you, he'd give you the shirt off his back if he needed to.

"He was a heart-filled person. He was homeless before he got here.

"I was here for a total of six months and in that time I got to know a lot of people in the block.

"It was delightful knowing him. He was a godsend. He was a very godly person.

Josh Glue (7085164)
Josh Glue (7085164)

"He was like a brother to me. He gave me this jacket I'm wearing as a symbol of our friendship.

"I love this jacket to bits, and now I've found out this has happened, it's now nearer and dearer to me."

Five people in total were arrested in connection with the incident, including a 17-year-old boy and a 39-year-old man, both from London, who remain in custody.

Three other men, a 37-year-old from Croydon, a 27-year-old from Surrey and a 37-year-old from Maidstone, have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident should contact Kent Police on 01303 289600 quoting reference 10-0017.

Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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