Woman, 25, is stabbed to death as police arrest boy, 13, and 27-year-old man on suspicion of murder

Police have launched a murder probe after a 25-year-old woman was stabbed to death last night.

A 27-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder. 

A second 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of the first, who is in hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, police have confirmed. 

The woman was knifed in Wellingborough Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, at around 8.30pm. She died at the scene.

A 27-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody. Pictured: The aftermath in Northamptonshire

A 27-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody. Pictured: The aftermath in Northamptonshire

A 27-year-old man and a 13-year-old boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody. Pictured: The aftermath in Northamptonshire

Police also seized two cars which appeared to have had their passenger windows smashed. 

Residents living near the murder scene expressed their shock at the murder with some claiming it was a ‘mugging gone wrong’.

One person in nearby St George’s Way, who did not want to be named, said: ‘We had come back from an evening meal when the police stopped us and told us we couldn’t get through with our car because there had been an attack.

A second 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and also remains in police custody. Pictured: A car is removed from the scene

A second 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and also remains in police custody. Pictured: A car is removed from the scene

A second 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and also remains in police custody. Pictured: A car is removed from the scene

Police also seized two cars from the scene which appeared to have had their passenger windows smashed

Police also seized two cars from the scene which appeared to have had their passenger windows smashed

Police also seized two cars from the scene which appeared to have had their passenger windows smashed

As of this evening, Wellingborough Road remains closed after the murder of the woman last night

As of this evening, Wellingborough Road remains closed after the murder of the woman last night

As of this evening, Wellingborough Road remains closed after the murder of the woman last night

‘We parked our car and an officer walked us past the incident. It was dark but there were forensics officers and police doing door-to-door enquiries.

‘It was obvious something terrible had happened. One of my neighbours said an officer told them it is believed it was a mugging gone wrong.’

Another resident living on Wellingborough Road added: ‘Obviously it’s speculation but I’ve heard from two people that apparently the boy stabbed her and left the knife at the scene.

Some residents living near the murder scene are claiming it was a 'mugging gone wrong'

Some residents living near the murder scene are claiming it was a 'mugging gone wrong'

Some residents living near the murder scene are claiming it was a ‘mugging gone wrong’

The woman was knifed in Wellingborough Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, at around 8.30pm. She died at the scene (pictured)

The woman was knifed in Wellingborough Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, at around 8.30pm. She died at the scene (pictured)

The woman was knifed in Wellingborough Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, at around 8.30pm. She died at the scene (pictured)

‘This sort of thing never happens around here. It’s really shocking because it’s a nice area with families and professionals living here.

‘There’s even a care home opposite to where the murder happened. It’s so out of kilter for this area.’

The murder happened around 200 yards from a One Stop Shop. A worker said: ‘There were lots of police cars and sirens everywhere last night.

‘Someone thought it was a hit-and-run but then it came out that the woman was stabbed.

‘It’s awful to think someone died like that and especially someone so young.’

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Pete Long of Northamptonshire Police said: ‘This was an extremely tragic incident in which a young woman has lost her life and I want to reassure people that we are doing all we can to bring those responsible to justice.

‘A large team of detectives have been working on this case around the clock and a number of lines of enquiry are being pursued as part of this fast-paced investigation.

Increased police patrols by both response officers and neighbourhood officers will be taking place in the area

Increased police patrols by both response officers and neighbourhood officers will be taking place in the area

Increased police patrols by both response officers and neighbourhood officers will be taking place in the area

‘This incident has really shocked the Rushden community, many of whom were on the scene last night, and I would ask anyone who was there and saw what happened to please come forward with your information.

‘Likewise, if anyone has any information about last night’s events or any dashcam footage of the area at the time, please come forward.

‘Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.’

A scene-guard in Wellingborough Road is expected to be in place for the rest of the day and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

Increased police patrols by both response officers and neighbourhood officers will be taking place in the area.

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