Three boys arrested in Cambridge on suspicion of murder of teenager

A 14-year-old boy was arrested at his home in Cambridge at about 11.30pm, while another 14-year-old boy and a 17-year-old boy were arrested at their homes in South Cambridgeshire at around midnight, Cambridgeshire Constabulary said.

All were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody in Peterborough.

Local businesses told The Telegraph that officers had been asking to check their CCTV as part of the murder investigation.

Staff at the nearby Haymakers pub said: “It’s a pretty fine area. It’s not the sort of place you expect that. When it happened, it was a shock.”

Nearby, a worker at Chesterton Working Men’s Club added: “It’s a little nature reserve and they’ve got some keep-fit gear in there. It’s an outdoor gym and it’s a nature reserve.”

Asked if there had been violence in the park before, he said: “Never, it’s quite a safe place, Cambridge. It’s a shock, obviously.”

A spokesman for Friends for Logan’s Meadow said: “We are devastated to learn of a fatal stabbing on Logan’s Meadow.

“Our condolences and thoughts are with the young man’s family and friends.”

‘It’s in no way a crime black spot’

Naomi Bennett, a local councillor, told The Telegraph: “Logan’s Meadow is a beauty spot just north of the River Cam in the quiet suburb of Chesterton. There are picnic benches there and people sit out there on summer evenings.

“In November, it’s fairly quiet. Occasionally open-air picnics might go on a little late and there might be some noise. But it’s in no way a crime black spot.”

She added: “Residents are upset that a 17-year-old has lost their life and our thoughts are with the family. When we were out in the Riverside area, it was the week before the incident and most residents just wanted to talk to us about problems with buses.”

Detective Superintendent Carl Foster, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire major crime unit, said: “We believe there were members of the public at the scene who spoke with paramedics but left before our officers arrived. I am directly appealing for these people to make contact with us, please.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.”

He earlier said police believed the attack was targeted.

A police spokesman told The Telegraph two of the suspects lived in villages in the south Cambridgeshire district, adding: “While we are keeping an open mind, we believe the victim and those arrested were known to each other.”