Tuesday, 17 February 2009

R.I.P Daniel Riviere, Gone But Never Forgotten...

Daniel Riviere

A murder investigation has been launched after a 21-year old man was attacked with a machete and dumped outside Kettering General Hospital. Shocked witnesses said they saw the man covered in blood and screaming for help before he was bundled into a car.

The attack happened in Union Street, Kettering, at about 1pm yesterday.

A machete and shovel, believed to have been used in the attack, were later found by police and three people were arrested in connection with the incident. A police spokesman said: "Three men who are believed to have been involved in the incident are in police custody as officers seek to establish the events that led to this man's death."

The spokesman said there will be an increased police presence in Kettering and Wellingborough as a result of the incident.

A neighbour described how she tried to help the man, who she could see was bleeding, but he was bundled into a car and driven off before she could call an ambulance. It is believed the car was driven to Kettering General Hospital where the victim dumped. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The eyewitness, who did not want to be named, said: "I saw three blokes with hooded tops on and what looked like scarves around their faces. One was holding a spade. I said I was going to call the police and they drove off in a car. I think the person in the passenger side was the one who got stabbed."

The woman said there was a shovel and large knife left in a car park used by residents in neighbouring Vale Street. Police sealed off the car park, where the victim was believed to have been stabbed, and a house further up the street. Forensic experts then carried out a search.

A post mortem will take place to establish how the man from Wellingborough died.

"It is believed that those involved in this incident were known to each other"
Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet, Police in Kettering and Wellingborough are working with the communities affected by the murder of 21-year-old Daniel Riviere from a single stab wound. Mr Riviere, 21, of Fulmar Lane, Wellingborough, died following an incident in Union Street, Kettering, just before 1pm on Monday.

A forensic post mortem examination has taken place at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the provisional cause of Daniel's death is a single stab wound to the chest. Three people remain in custody this evening, with a fourth man who was arrested in connection with the incident released without charge on Monday afternoon. Increased safer community team patrols have been put in place in the Union Street area and also on the Hemmingwell Estate in Wellingborough.

Superintendent Ivan Balhatchet, operations manager for Northamptonshire North police, said: "Local partners have been spoken to and are working with the police to reassure the community. "Serious incidents of this violent nature are thankfully extremely rare in Northamptonshire.

"It is believed that those involved in this incident were known to each other and there is no suggestion that there is a random threat of harm to people living or working in this part of Kettering. "Four men have been taken into custody in relation to this offence and a family liaison officer has been appointed to keep members of the victim's family updated with the course of the police investigation. "We have made contact with community leaders to discuss the incident but I should stress that both Kettering and Wellingborough have a tradition of very good race relations and there is no indication that this was a racially-motivated crime.

"We do not work in isolation, but in close partnership with a wide range of other agencies that share the common purpose of making the county a safe place in which to live and work."

Police are still appealing for anyone who was in the Union Street area of Kettering at around 1pm yesterday, Monday to contact them.

DCI Jan Meagher from the Major Investigation Team, said: "I would still like to speak to anyone who was in the Union Street area of Kettering at around 1pm on Monday.

"I would particularly like to speak to anyone who may have seen a Vauxhall Astra arrive shortly before 1pm and leave the street just past 1pm and contained a number of people.

Anyone with information about a Vauxhall Astra carrying a number of people which was driven away from the street just after 1pm is asked to contact police on 08453 700700 or Crime-stoppers on 0800 555111.