Issued by North Yorkshire Police
Detectives investigating a murder and an attempted murder in York have reassured residents that it was an “isolated” incident.
It occurred at a property on Phoenix Boulevard, off Leeman Road, at around 8pm on Sunday 20 October 2013.
Officers and paramedics located a woman at the address who was declared dead at the scene. We are not in a position to release her details as formal identification has yet to take place, but we can confirm she is aged 32 and from the local area.
A second local woman, aged 23, suffered serious injuries. She was taken by ambulance to York District Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.
A 25-year-old man was arrested at an address at Popes Head Court, in the Peter Lane area, at 2.20am today (Monday 21 October 2013) in connection with the investigation. He remains in police custody for questioning.
Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “I believe that the suspect we have in custody was known to at least one of the victims and that this was an isolated incident.
“I can therefore reassure the people of York that there is no threat to their safety. However, I fully appreciate that the incident has caused a great deal of upset and concern in the local community which is why we have put in place visible police patrols in the area.
“Both the scene of the suspected murder on Phoenix Boulevard and the arrest at Popes Head Court have been cordoned off to allow for police examinations.
“I thank residents for their continued understanding and patience while these very important enquiries are conducted.”
Det Supt Malyn is appealing for people to come forward to assist the investigation.
He said: “Officers from the Major Crime Unit are working to establish the sequence of events which led up to the suspected murder. We need to establish the time it occurred and the movements of the suspect afterwards.
“If you were in the area prior to the incident being reported to the police and witnessed or heard a disturbance, I urge you to get in touch straight away.
“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a man matching the suspect’s description leaving the scene. He is described as a white, over 6ft tall, with an athletic build and short blond hair.”
Anyone who can assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for the Major Crime Unit. Alternatively, information can be emailed to the Major Crime Unit by clicking here.
Or to provide information anonymously, please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12130182574.
Published at 6.47am, October 21, 2013
Woman murdered in York: police arrest suspect
Detectives investigating a murder and attempted murder in York have made an arrest.
The incident occurred at a property on Phoenix Boulevard, York, on the evening of Sunday, October 20 2013, which left one woman dead and another fighting for her life.
A 25-year-old man from York, was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder at around 2.20am on Monday, October 21 2013, at an address in York.
He is currently in police custody.
Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson, of North Yorkshire Police is leading the murder investigation. She said: “Although we have made an arrest in this case, if you have any information about the incident on Phoenix Boulevard, I urge you to come forward immediately, as you may have vital details that could help the investigation.”
Anyone with information which could help officers progress this enquiry, should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for York CID. Alternatively, information can be emailed to York CID here.
Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting reference number 12130182574.
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