Peterborough bodies in ditches linked to Hereford cases

Kevin Lee
Image caption Kevin Lee had a "naturally infectious personality", his family said

The deaths of three men found in two separate ditches near Peterborough are being linked to two attempted murders in Herefordshire.

Kevin Lee, 48, of Fletton, was found with stab wounds in a ditch in Newborough on Saturday.

The bodies of two men, who are yet to be named, were found in a ditch at Thorney Dyke on Wednesday. On Tuesday, two people were stabbed in Hereford.

Five people have been arrested in the Cambridgeshire inquiry, police said.

Supt Ivan Powell from West Mercia Police said the forces were working closely together.

Mr Lee was last seen at 14:00 GMT on Friday and was reported missing at 22:40 that day.

'Isolated incident'

The deaths of the two other men, one aged in his 30s and the other in his 50s, are also being treated as murder, police said.

Det Supt Jeff Hill said: "The deaths are being linked and treated as part of the same isolated incident over the Easter weekend.

"I would like to stress I believe there is no ongoing risk to the public."

Leslie Layton, 36, of Bifield, Orton Goldhay, appeared before city magistrates earlier, charged with perverting the course of justice over Mr Lee's murder.

He has been remanded to appear at Peterborough Crown Court on Wednesday.

A woman in her 30s held over Mr Lee's murder, and two stabbings in Hereford, has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

She was arrested after two people were stabbed in Hereford on Tuesday.

A 47-year-old man, also arrested in Hereford, remains in custody.

A 32-year-old man and a 23-year-old man arrested in connection with Mr Lee's murder have been released on bail.

The two people arrested in Hereford are in a serious condition in hospital.

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