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Nottingham: victim’s family tell of ‘complete devastation’ after ‘senseless’ killing – latest updates | Nottingham

Nottingham: victim’s family tell of ‘complete devastation’ after ‘senseless’ killing – latest updates | Nottingham

Victim’s family ‘completely devastated’

The family of university student Barnaby Webber, 19, who was killed yesterday, have paid tribute to him, saying he was a “beautiful, brilliant, bright young man, with everything in life to look forward to”.

His parents David and Emma, and younger brother Charlie, told the PA news agency:

Complete devastation is not enough to describe our pain and loss at the senseless murder of our son.
Barnaby Philip John Webber was a beautiful, brilliant, bright young man, with everything in life to look forward to.
A talented and passionate cricketer, who was over the moon to have made selection to his university cricket team.
At 19 he was just at the start of his journey into adulthood and was developing into a wonderful young man.
As parents we are enormously proud of everything he achieved and all the plans he had made.
His brother is bereft beyond belief, and at this time we ask for privacy as a family to be allowed time to process and grieve.
We will not be making any further statements, particularly in relation to the police investigation.
We are so proud to release these photographs, chosen by us as a family, of an amazing son, brother, grandson, nephew and friend.
Thank you for your understanding, and to everyone who has supported us in this awful journey so far.

Updated at 03.18 EDT

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Helen Pidd

Students in Nottingham living near yesterday’s attacks say they didn’t dare walk home last night.

Tobi Klejbach, a 21-year-old law student living just off Ilkeston Road, said: “We came back last night from York and decided to get an Uber from the station instead of walking.”

He said many students used to leave their doors unlocked but not any more. “We are thinking that if someone can just randomly attack people in the street what’s to stop them trying random doors too?”

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His friend, pharmacy student Ingrid Ukoeniann, 21, said: “We are feeling really scared. It could have happened to any of us. We are always going out and walking home. You always think this sort of thing would never happen to you but now you know it could.”

Taunton School have posted a statement in tribute to Barnaby Webber, describing him as a “much-loved, kind and engaging character”.

The full tribute said: “The Taunton School community is heartbroken by the recent, tragic, news about Barnaby Webber. Barnaby joined us in the Nursery and studied here all the way through to the end of the Sixth Form, leaving just last year. In his long association with the school, he touched the lives of many staff, pupils and parents and his loss will be very difficult to come to terms with. He was a much-loved, kind and engaging character. That a young man of such promise should lose his life in these circumstances is utterly devastating.

“We send our love and deepest condolences to his family. We continue to do all we can to support them and all in our community affected by these events. When the time comes, we will find a fitting way in which to remember Barnaby and his special contribution to our school.

“In the meantime, we ask for respect for the privacy of Barnaby’s family and send our condolences to the families and friends of all the victims in this awful attack.”

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A dozen bouquets of flowers were left at the scene on Ilkeston Road as tributes were paid to students Barnaby Webber and Grace Kumar.

PA reports that the cordon that had been put in place was lifted on Wednesday, with two officers still stood outside a property that appeared to be the subject of police searches on Tuesday afternoon.

Our North of England editor Helen Pidd is at the scene and has said that the suspect’s flat on Ilkeston Road remains under police guard today, with officers stationed front and back.

There is no front door on the property after it was raided yesterday. Ilkeston Road reopened last night to traffic.

Helen Pidd is at the scene and has said that the suspect’s flat on Ilkeston Road remains under police guard today, with officers stationed front and back.
Helen Pidd is at the scene and has said that the suspect’s flat on Ilkeston Road remains under police guard today, with officers stationed front and back. Photograph: Helen Pidd/The Guardian

Updated at 05.30 EDT

What we know about the Nottingham attacks so far – video report

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Three people were killed and a further three were taken to hospital in Nottingham in what police described as a “horrific and tragic incident” on Tuesday morning. A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after two people were found dead, having been stabbed in the street on Ilkeston Road shortly after 4am. Not long after, police were called to Milton Street in the city centre after someone tried to run over a group of people over. A man in his 50s was also found dead further north on Magdala Road. Police believe his van was stolen and then used to drive at the pedestrians

What we know about the Nottingham attacks so far – video report

Updated at 05.21 EDT

Nottinghamshire police said yesterday that the investigation was in its early stages and officers needed to work out the motive behind the attacks.

The force said they were keeping an open mind and working alongside counter-terrorism police, as would normally be the case for an incident like this.

Aside from the 31-year-old, who remains in custody, no other arrests have been made and the police have said they are not looking for anyone else.

Police searched a number of addresses across the city throughout the day – including a raid on a property in Ilkeston Road, the street where two people were earlier found dead, by armed officers.

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In Magdala Road, where the man in his 50s was found dead, police have set up a forensics tent. Forensic officers were also looking at a dented white Vauxhall Vivaro van in Bentinck Road, near the scene of the arrest.

Updated at 05.21 EDT

Southgate hockey club have paid tribute to Grace Kumar, saying: “It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Grace O’Malley Kumar, a huge talent & much loved member of Southgate U18’s & W1’s. We are shocked & devastated by the news, our thoughts & sincere condolences are with Grace’s family, friends and teammates.”

It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Grace O’Malley Kumar,a huge talent & much loved member of Southgate U18’s & W1’s. We are shocked & devastated by the news,our thoughts & sincere condolences are with Grace’s family,friends and teammates. 💔 pic.twitter.com/bliEVGSQ05

— Southgate Hockey Club (@SouthgateHC) June 14, 2023

Updated at 05.22 EDT

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Helen Pidd

Helen Pidd

A bouquet of flowers has been left outside the tennis club on Magdala Road in Mapperley Park, where a man was stabbed to death in yesterday’s attacks. The road has now reopened and the forensic tent had gone, but the side entrance to the tennis club remains cordoned off. The man has not yet been named by police.

A bouquet of flowers has been left outside the tennis club on Magdala Road in Mapperley Park.
A bouquet of flowers has been left outside the tennis club on Magdala Road in Mapperley Park. Photograph: Helen Pidd

Updated at 05.22 EDT

Nottingham University’s Student Union (SU) have said that they will hold vigil at 4pm today on campus at the Djanogly Terrace, outside Portland Building, in a moment of reflection and support led by the Chaplaincy and Student Union Officers.

The Chaplaincy will be holding an informal space for gathering and reflection throughout the day tomorrow at the Oasis, the university’s multi-faith centre.

Helen Pidd

Helen Pidd

The flag on Nottingham’s Council House has been lowered to half-mast and a book of condolence opened following yesterday’s attacks.

People are also being invited to lay flowers on the steps of the Council House while the lights on the building will be lowered at night as a mark of respect.

The city will come together at a vigil to be held in the Old Market Square on Thursday evening, 15 June, from 5.30pm, when the lord mayor, Cllr Carole McCulloch and leader of the council, Cllr David Mellen, will be joined by Shearer West, the vice-chancellor of the University of Nottingham and representatives from faith communities who will lead a minute’s silence at 6pm from the steps of the Council House.

People are welcome to join from home by lighting a candle in their window or doorstep.

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Mellen said: “Our city remains in shock after the tragic death of three people. We know the impact of these awful events will be felt not only by the victims’ families and friends but by the wider Nottingham community and so it is important that we take time to join together to share our grief and to remember the people we have lost.

“The vigil will be a chance for people to come together to mourn and to show the world how Nottingham takes a stand against violence.

“We are extremely grateful for the messages of support our city has received from near and far and the professional and swift response provided by our emergency services.”

Updated at 04.08 EDT

Grace Kumar’s former cricket club, Woodford Wells CC, has paid tribute to her, saying they were “devastated” by the news of her death.

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In a post, the club said: “Devastated to hear the news about former Wells Baby Belles captain, Grace Kumar. A fiercely competitive, talented and dedicated cricketer and hockey player. Our thoughts are with Sanjoy, Sinead and James at this time and everyone who knew Grace – fun, friendly and brilliant.”

Devastated to hear the news about former Wells Baby Belles captain, Grace Kumar. A fiercely competitive, talented and dedicated cricketer and hockey player. Our thoughts are with Sanjoy, Sinead and James at this time and everyone who knew Grace – fun, friendly and brilliant. pic.twitter.com/s42ggNEiBV

— Woodford Wells CC (@woodfordwellscc) June 14, 2023

Updated at 03.45 EDT

The family of Barnaby Webber have described their “complete devastation” at the “senseless murder of our son”, saying he was a “beautiful, brilliant, bright young man, with everything in life to look forward to”.

Parents David and Emma Webber, and younger brother Charlie, said Barnaby, who attended the University of Nottingham, was “at the start of his journey into adulthood and was developing into a wonderful young man”.

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Undated family handout photo of Barnaby Webber (left) who was killed along with Grace Kumar and a man in his 50s in connected attacks on Tuesday morning in Nottingham
Undated family handout photo of Barnaby Webber (left) who was killed along with Grace Kumar and a man in his 50s in connected attacks on Tuesday morning in Nottingham. Photograph: Family Handout/PA
Undated family handout photo of Barnaby Webber (second left) with his father David, mother Emma and brother Charlie Webber (right)
Undated family handout photo of Barnaby Webber (second left) with his father David, mother Emma and brother Charlie Webber (right). Photograph: Family Handout/PA

Updated at 03.46 EDT

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Published: 2023-06-14 10:46:28

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