In Nottingham, two 19-year-old students and a guy in his 50s were fatally stabbed before the assailant allegedly stole the older victim’s van and tried to run over three people.
Following the violent rampage, Nottinghamshire Police reported that a 31-year-old man was tasered and detained on suspicion of murder. He is still being held in jail.
The University of Nottingham announced on Tuesday afternoon that two of its students had perished in the attacks, with Barnaby Webber’s identity being confirmed as one of the victims.
According to Chief Constable Kate Meynell, no other arrests have been made, and the police are not searching for anyone else in relation to the occurrences.
Around 4 am, two 19-year-old victims were tragically stabbed in Nottingham’s student district Ilkeston Road.
According to Ms. Meynell, the body of a man in his fifties was discovered on Magdala Road.
According to authorities, citizens discovered all three of them dead from stab wounds in the street.
According to a brief statement made by Ms. Meynell on Tuesday afternoon, the police suspect the perpetrator took the older man’s van before ramming it into Milton Street’s pedestrians.
Officers in Maple Street halted the car before tasering and arresting the suspect, according to Ms. Meynell.
Three persons were hurt in the van attack, one of whom is in critical condition and two of whom had less serious wounds.
The police chief stated that although the attack’s motivation had not yet been identified, officers were keeping a “open mind” and collaborating with counterterrorism authorities.
The suspect, according to GB News, is a west African immigrant.
All of the victims’ relatives, according to Ms. Meynell, have been informed and are receiving support from officers with specialized training.
It is believed that Mr. Webber belonged to the Bishops Hull Cricket Club in Taunton.
Hundreds of people held a vigil at Nottingham’s St. Peter’s Church in the city center to pay their respects to those who passed away and those who were hurt.
The majority of the attendees were students from Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham, and they were urged to light candles or leave flowers beneath the altar throughout the service.
A witness told the BBC that he heard “awful, blood-curdling screams” and saw a “black guy dressed all in black with a hood and rucksack grappling with some people” during the attacks on Tuesday.
Ms. Meynell said that officers had searched a number of residences in the city, and cordons had been erected along different stretches of Ilkeston Road.
Police were manning a terraced house across the street from where employees at a nearby hair salon claimed it had been searched the previous year.
When questioned whether the incident might have been tied to terrorism, Home Secretary Suella Braverman responded, “we’re in a very early stage of the investigation.”
She told broadcasters in Westminster: “We need to allow the police the time and the space to carry out all of their operational activity to determine the motive.
“It’s right that Nottinghamshire Police are working with Counter Terrorism Policing. But it’s also fair to say that everybody and all professionals on the front line are keeping an open mind as to what the precise motive might have been.”