Three teenagers have been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Luton on Friday.
Police were called to Nunnery Lane, Bedfordshire, following reports that three teenagers had been stabbed at around 7pm.
One boy, who has not yet been named, was rushed to hospital with multiple stab wounds where he was pronounced dead shortly after.
A second teenager was injured in the attack and is being treated at hospital for potentially life-threatening injuries while another was also seriously injured.
Three teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.
Earlier on the same day at 4pm, two people were stabbed in Sundon Park Road, an incident which police say is connected.
One teenager received life-threatening injuries while the other is said to have serious but not life-threatening injuries.
One man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the first incident and currently remains in police custody for questioning.
Detective Inspector Lee Martin, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Appalling violence in Luton cost a teenage boy his life yesterday, and left two others in life-threatening conditions.
“Incidents such as these have a significant impact on our residents. Our thoughts are first and foremost with the loved ones of the boy who lost his life in such tragic and awful circumstances.
“We are doing everything we can to prevent any further incidents and we want to reassure the wider community that officers are pursuing all lines of enquiry as well as carrying out increased patrols in the area.
“Knife crime and violence has no place in our society – but it is a problem we must tackle together, alongside our communities, to challenge attitudes about carrying knives and provide opportunities to ensure our young people can feel safe.
“Both incidents happened in busy areas with several people present. If you witnessed any of these incidents, or if you have any video footage or images, then please get in touch.”
Those with information have been asked to visit beds.police.uk/ro/report or call 101.
For Sundon Park Road quote reference Operation Sydney, and for Nunnery Lane quote reference Operation Roydon.