Fourth man charged and a fifth arrested in Houghton Regis fatal stabbing
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A fourth man has been charged in connection with the deaths of two men in Houghton Regis earlier this month.
Anthony Bennison, 24, of no fixed abode, appeared at Luton Magistrates’ court this morning (Tuesday) charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, three counts of conspiracy to murder, three counts of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm and a further two counts of attempted grievous bodily harm.
Bennison was remanded in custody ahead of an appearance at Luton Crown Court today (Wednesday).
Last week officers arrested a fifth man as part of the ongoing investigation. He has since been bailed with conditions.
These latest developments follow the arrests of three other men who last week were charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and three counts of grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident in Tithe Farm Road on Sunday 13 November.
All three men have since been remanded into custody, with a trial date set for May 2023.
Two men, 39-year-old Adam Fanelli and 27-year-old Patrick Howard, both of Houghton Regis, died in the incident while a third man suffered serious injuries.
T/Detective Superintendent Carl Foster, from the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “We are extremely pleased with the rate at which we have been able to progress this investigation.
“Much of this can be attributed to the support we have received from members of the public and we would again like to extend our thanks for your support and cooperation.
“Even with this progress, the gravity of the situation and its impact on the local community remains evident. Naturally, emotions are elevated at this time, but I would appeal to the local community to continue supporting us with the police investigation.
“We remain dedicated to progressing this investigation. Houghton Regis must not fall victim to this level of violence again, and it is imperative that we work together as police, public and partners to ensure this.”
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is asked to call 101 or report online quoting Operation Crux.