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Nottingham attacks: Two university students confirmed dead following incident

Two 19-year-old University of Nottingham students have been named locally along with a man in his 50s after being fatally stabbed in the early hours of Tuesday 13th June. 


Three more people were hospitalised following connected attacks in Nottingham, UK.


Police found two people, locally named as 19-year-old students Grace O’Malley-Kumar and Barnaby Webber, unresponsive and wounded on Ilkeston Road at around 4am BST.


The University of Nottingham has confirmed two out of the three people killed were students at the institution: ‘It is with great sadness that we confirm the sudden and unexpected death of two of our students following a major incident in Nottingham City centre overnight.’


A local witness told the BBC they heard ‘some awful, blood-curdling screams’ and observed a man dressed in black, with a hood and a rucksack attacking the pair. 

The witness then phoned 999 and police arrived 5 minutes later.


A third man was found dead on Magdala Street, confirmed as school caretaker Ian Coates. After being attacked, his van was stolen.


The timeline of events is unclear, however, the attacks continued hours later spanning across a mile and a half of Nottingham city centre after the suspect obtained the white van. 


This van was used to drive into pedestrians on Milton Street, three of which are being treated in hospital after sustaining injuries. One of these people is in a critical condition.


A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, remaining in Nottinghamshire Police custody.


A mile from the scene, the white van was found with damage to its windows and bonnet. 


Naomi Crawford, a 20-year-old local student, referred to the attacks as ‘a shock to the system’: ‘For me, it feels really weird as everything that's happening is virtually around the corner or places I go all the time’ she continues. 

‘Ilkeston Road is where my boyfriend lives so it's really surreal’.


Another local student, 20-year-old Emily Lawrence, has said ‘It’s quite scary what happened’.

‘Especially with how close together the incidents occurred and that it happened on the streets where many students live.’


Counter-terrorism police are assisting the investigation as regular police are still ‘working to establish exactly what has happened’ and determine a motive.

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