Gary Stretch charged over Hereford attempted murder probe

John Chapman and Kevin Lee
Image caption John Chapman and Kevin Lee were both found dead in Cambridgeshire

A man arrested in connection with a triple murder inquiry in Cambridgeshire has been charged over two stabbings in Herefordshire.

Gary Stretch, 47, of Peterborough, is accused of an offence over the attempted murders in Hereford on Tuesday.

Kevin Lee was found dead in Newborough, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday. John Chapman and Lukasz Slaboszewski were found at Thorney Dyke on Wednesday.

The three deaths have been linked.

Mr Stretch, who was arrested and charged by West Mercia Police, appeared at Hereford Magistrates' Court earlier.

Homes searched

The Hereford attacks happened on Westfaling Street and on a footpath between Golden Post and the Belmont estate.

Mr Stretch is charged with encouraging or assisting in the commission of indictable offences, believing that one or more will be committed.

He is also charged with a burglary at a house in Kington, Herefordshire, which also happened on Tuesday.

A woman in her 30s, also arrested over the stabbings, was detained under Section 2 of the Mental Health Act on Thursday.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the triple murder inquiry in Cambridgeshire.

Mr Lee, 48, Mr Chapman, 56, and Mr Slaboszewski, 31, are all from the Peterborough area.

Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed two properties in the Peterborough area have been searched in relation to the triple murder.

Officers have cordoned off two homes, one in Rolleston Garth in Welland, and another in Bifield in Orton Goldhay.

A 36-year-old man charged with perverting the course of justice will appear at Peterborough Crown Court on 10 April, and two other men are on bail to Cambridgeshire Police.

West Mercia Police said a 42-year-old-man has charged with handling stolen goods in connection with the Kington burglary and is due before Hereford magistrates Court at a later date.

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