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London teenager and man remain in custody after suspected murder in Knightrider Street, Maidstone

A 17-year-old and a man are being questioned by detectives investigating the suspected murder of a man in a town centre.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are still quizzing two people who were arrested following the death of a man in Maidstone on Saturday.

Officers were called to a report of a disturbance outside a property 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.

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.

A man died and a woman also suffered injuries at around midnight on Saturday in Knightrider Street, Maidstone
A man died and a woman also suffered injuries at around midnight on Saturday in Knightrider Street, Maidstone

It is understood the victims and the suspects are known to one another.

Chaucer House, the former office block which police were stationed outside for most of Sunday, houses the homeless and families who have fallen on hard times from around Kent within its 42 flats.

Neighbours described hearing a scuffle outside their windows that evening, in an incident which has left some in the block too scared to leave the property.

One woman, who did not want to be named, said: "A lady was rowing outside.

"I heard shuffling on the stones and then I heard someone shouting 'no!'

"I called an ambulance but the man was dead."

A murder investigation was launched after man in 30s killed in Knightrider Street, Maidstone
A murder investigation was launched after man in 30s killed in Knightrider Street, Maidstone

The victim has not yet been formally named as it is unclear whether next of kin have been informed.

Josh Glue, 27, who also used to live in the block before moving to Pope Street, said of the man who died: "He was an absolutely 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.

Josh Glue (7085164)
Josh Glue (7085164)

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

"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."

Some neighbours have reported regular trouble and police activity around the property, though Paramount Independent Property Services, which manages the building, says no criminal offences have been reported since the flats became available last year.

One said: "It's been a nightmare for local residents since it opened. We wouldn't want to walk around here late at night on our own any more."

However, Rev Ian Parrish, of the nearby All Saints Church, said: "I haven't been aware of any trouble of late.

Rev'd Ian Parrish has called on the community to come together and help those affected
Rev'd Ian Parrish has called on the community to come together and help those affected

"When it first opened up, there was, understandably, a new community being formed, and people were trying to establish who they are, but the last three months have been pretty good.

"We pray for the man's family, friends, and everybody at Chaucer House, and I feel concerned for the young families and children.

"I think as a community in Maidstone we should try to help them as much as we can."

Bosses at the housing association say additional security was brought in over the weekend, and support is being made available to those affected by the tragedy.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service was also called to assist police just before 1am and left the scene 50 minutes later.

A spokesperson for Paramount said: “We can confirm that a tragic incident occurred outside the flats on Knightrider Street in Maidstone in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"We have been working very closely with the police during the investigation, including providing access to the CCTV system.

"Our thoughts are with the partner and family of the victim, and our team will be working with the other occupants of the flats during this difficult time.”

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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