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A high police presence remains on Charlotte Street in Ilkeston following a suspected murder yesterday.

Uniformed officers and detectives could be seen in the street this morning (Friday) following the fatal stabbing of a dad, named locally Paul Averill, at his home yesterday.

Police were called to the scene shortly after 5.35am yesterday. A second man is said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital. A-23-year-old man is being quizzed by police.

A separate investigation in underway into a robbery that took place shortly before the incident just yards away at the One Stop store. Police today confirmed that the incidents are not being linked. Superintendent Gary Parkin said: “Although both of these incidents were reported at around the same time and in the same street, we do not believe they are linked in any way.

“Individual investigations are now being carried out into the two incidents and I would urge anyone with information to call us.”

Residents living close to the scene on Charlotte Street said the incidents were shocking but it would not deter them from living in Cotmanhay. A police spokesman at the scene said police would be carrying out reassurance patrols until Monday.

A police officer at the scene said: “We are working around the area providing maximum visibility. We were here this morning when the children went to school and will be here all weekend.”

A mum-of three who did not wish to be named told the Advertiser: “My husband went to go to work and was told he couldn’t leave the street. It’s a shock that it happened so close to home. I didn’t know him - they kept themselves to themselves. It’s quite a quiet street.

“We have had to tell out children what’s happened.”

Another parent said schools had sent letters to parents about the incident.

Another resident, who was attending an art club at a venue in the street, said: “I have lived in Cotmanhay all my life. One of my grandsons works at One-Stop. He went to work yesterday and was sent home.

“You do worry about these things but it’s not a bad area.”

A police cordon was removed at around 11.30am today and the road was re-opened. Forensics could be seen entering and leaving the property to gather evidence.

Floral tributes and cans of Boddingtons have been left close to the scene.