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Murder investigation after Rochester High Street stabbing

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was stabbed to death.

Two men were arrested following the incident in Rochester High Street shortly after 6am.

Police cars and an ambulance were called to Rochester High Street at 6.20am. Pic: Sally at Off The Wall Photography
Police cars and an ambulance were called to Rochester High Street at 6.20am. Pic: Sally at Off The Wall Photography

Police were called to a property where the victim, a man in his 30s, was declared dead by paramedics.

The victim suffered stab wounds.

A 35-year-old man and another aged 42, both from Medway, are in police custody.

A police cordon is in place along Almon Place between Corporation Street and the High Street after the incident in a property near the Queen Charlotte pub.

At about 1.30pm, a forensics van and a patrol car were parked behind flats.

The police cordon is around Almon Place
The police cordon is around Almon Place

Police are still at the scene while inquiries continue.

One man who works in Royal Mail's Rochester Delivery Office in Almon Place, which overlooks the scene, said: "I arrived just 10 minutes before it happened so was at the back of the building.

"We didn't see anything but this isn't the first time something like this has happened here. Pretty much every Saturday and Sunday there are punch-ups and when you come in in the morning, there are bottles of alcohol all along the road. I suppose it's people coming out of the pubs.

"We've never seen a stabbing before."

A forensic officer coming out of a property in Almon Place, Rochester
A forensic officer coming out of a property in Almon Place, Rochester

James Clarke, 25, is a barman in Wetherspoon's The Golden Lion. He said: "I knew someone had been stabbed. We didn't realise he had died. This is the last thing you expect to see when you come to work.

"We don't normally have fights here - it's only when people can't handle their drink and that normally gets sorted quite quickly. We're in quite a nice area. You don't expect this in this part of Medway."

A police cordon was set up in Almon Place, Rochester

Staff working at a nearby coffee shop, who did not want to be named, said they were now nervous to walk to work, especially early in the morning when it's darker.

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