Vicar gives message in light of murder investigation

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A vicar has issued a message to people in Ilkeston in light of events this morning, in which a man died and another was left fighting for his life.

Rev Micheal Petitt, of St Mary’s Church, Ilkeston, would like to remind people that love is needed during such a grave time.

“This town is a place where you find people who are the salt of the Earth and this is not a reflection of the Ilkeston I know,” he said today.

“It’s very sad.”

Officers were called to Charlotte Street at 5.35am to reports of an armed robbery.

A short time later, police received calls to say two men had been stabbed at a nearby address in the same street.

One of the men, a 30-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene. The second man was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with life-threatening injuries.

The vicar continued: “I’m very sorry for whoever has been involved. There’s a family now that needs a lot of love and help. I know there is love in Ilkeston.

“My thoughts go to those who have been affected by it, and god bless those who were immediately involved.”

Witnesses or anyone with information should call Derbyshire police on 101.