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Third arrest over house party stabbing deaths

Earl Bevans, 22, appeared in court over the deaths of two teenagers on Saturday.

Dom Ansah, left, and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17, died as a result of knife injuries (PA)
Dom Ansah, left, and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17, died as a result of knife injuries (PA)

By Henry Vaughan, PA

Detectives investigating the double murder of two teenagers who were knifed to death at a house party have arrested a third man.

The 27-year-old was held on conspiracy to murder after Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17, were killed in the attack in Milton Keynes last weekend, and he remains in police custody.

Mr Ansah died from a stab wound to the back, while Mr Gillham-Rice was knifed in the chest just before midnight on October 19, police said.

The arrest on Saturday afternoon came after Earl Bevans, 22, appeared before High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court sporting a black eye and another bruise on the other side of his face.

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Flowers left at the housing estate in Emerson Valley, Milton Keynes, where the two teenage boys were stabbed to death (Gus Carter/PA)

Bevans, who has a large tattoo on his neck, wore a grey tracksuit and spoke to confirm his name, date of birth, that he has no fixed address and that he was represented by Wasif Ahmed, during the brief hearing.

He is charged with two counts of murder over the attack at a party in the Emerson Valley estate.

Bevans also faces two counts of attempted murder after Ryan Brown, 23, and a 17-year-old boy who cannot be named for legal reasons, were left with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

He replied “yes” when he was asked if he understood the charges, but was not required to enter any pleas.

The bench of magistrates, chaired by Pat Milliner, remanded him in custody ahead of a bail hearing at Luton Crown Court on Monday.

He will appear alongside Charlie Chandler, 21, who was remanded in custody by magistrates on Friday.

Chandler, of Fitzwilliam Street, Bletchley, is also charged with two counts of murder and two of attempted murder.

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Charlie Chandler, centre, appears at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

In an appeal on Friday, Thames Valley Police threatened to identify further potential suspects still at large if they do not hand themselves in.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter, head of crime for the force, said: “We are still looking for others and they know who they are. I want to appeal directly to those people. We are looking for you and we will find you, however long it takes.

“At this stage we have not released your names or photographs, so please hand yourself in to the nearest police station as soon as possible.

“This is not going to go away and if we have to, we will name you so there will be no place for you to hide.”

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