Boy, 16, killed in daytime stabbing near hotel named and pictured

A 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Northampton has been named as Rohan Shand.

The teenager, who was from the city, was affectionately known to his friends and family as Fred.

He died following the incident on Harborough Road, close to the junction with The Cock Hotel, yesterday afternoon.

Northamptonshire Police said an examination by a Home Office pathologist had indicated he was killed by a single stab wound to the chest.

Four men aged 49, 21, 16 and 14, have been arrested in connection with Fred’s death and currently remain in police custody.

The neighbourhood and wider community are ‘very shocked and upset’ by the incident, a police statement said, adding that Fred’s family are being supported by specially trained officers.

The statement said relatives had asked people to refrain from sharing insensitive posts and images on social media, as they would be likely to cause even more distress.

Officers had been called to the scene, in the Kingsthorpe area of Northampton, at around 3.35pm yesterday.

However, despite the best efforts of paramedics, Fred died shortly afterwards.

Detective Inspector Simon Barnes, the senior investigating officer on the case, said: ‘Our thoughts continue to be with Fred’s family and friends as they try to come to terms with his death.

‘This is an exceptionally sad and tragic incident and understandably has had a huge impact on the neighbourhood and wider community and we know people are very shocked and upset by what has happened.

‘Our officers remain in the Kingsthorpe area and anyone with any concerns is encouraged to speak to them as they will be happy to help.

‘We would also again appeal to anyone who may have information and who has yet come forward to please do so.

‘If you have private CCTV footage or a dashboard camera, we would like to hear from you. Your footage may provide valuable information which could help us piece together what happened around the time of Fred’s attack.’

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting the reference number 23000174855.

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