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Murder inquiry launched after 22-year-old stabbed in Stone

By Kerry.Ashdown  |  Posted: April 12, 2014

The cordoned off area of Whitemill Lane in the early hours of this morning

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A YOUNG man has died after being stabbed in Stone.

Police launched a murder investigation following the death of 22-year-old Connan McLeod in Whitemill Lane.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 12.20am on Saturday following reports he had suffered a serious stab wound. Despite paramedics’ efforts there was nothing that could be done to save the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “Specially trained family liaison officers will now work to support the family affected by this incident.

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“We are at the beginning of a very detailed investigation into the death of a young man. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses about this incident but we are really keen to speak to anyone else who may have any information about this incident.

”Part of our work includes support the with the family and keeping them updated about our work at this very difficult time, and those with any information can help all those affected by contacting us.

“We want to thank the residents nearest the scene for their cooperation whilst we conduct our detailed work.”

Police and community support officers offered support and reassurance to residents in the Whitemill Lane area throughout the weekend.

Stone residents spoke of their shock at the young man’s death.

Paul Burrow, 55, who lives just a few hundred metres from the cordoned off area in Whitemill Lane, said: “I found out this morning when my daughter phoned me. It’s horrible. I’m completely shocked.

“You hear of these things, but never in Stone, especially never in my road.

“You hear drunken people walking past now and again, but you never hear any trouble.”

Chris Bennett, from nearby Eccleshall Road, said: “It’s shocking. He’s the same age as my son, so it brings it closer to home.

“It’s terrible that such a young boy has lost his life.”

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