Murder inquiry starts after man is 'stabbed' at home in Scalford, near Melton
Police launched a murder investigation yesterday after a man died following an incident at a village home.
Officers were called to a cottage in King Street, Scalford, near Melton, at 1.10am after a report of a man being injured.
He was taken to Queen's Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where he died.
The Mercury understands he had suffered stab wounds to his chest and back.
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Although formal identification had not taken place yesterday, the man was named locally as Eddie Miller, from the neighbouring village of Eastwell.
A post-mortem examination was due to take place yesterday. A 31-year-old woman, who is believed to have lived at the cottage for about two months, was arrested in connection with the incident. She remained in police custody last night.
Villagers said they saw the pair at a packed bonfire party at the King's Arms pub – less than 50 yards from the rented cottage – the night before the incident.
Yesterday, the cottage was cordoned off by police tape, with white-suited forensic officers coming and going.
Mr Miller, who was aged 19 or 20, was a former student of King Edward VIII School, in Melton.
A villager, who asked not to be named, said: "I knew him from school. He lost a finger in an accident climbing a fence at the school.
"He was a lovely lad. I can't believe I only saw him on Monday."
Another villager who wished to remain anonymous said: "They were in the pub at the bonfire party. She used to work there as a cleaner and had only lived in the village for a couple of months.
"She was loud and liked a laugh – she seemed to be very bouncy. I have no idea about him."
A neighbour said: "If I saw them about I would say 'hello'.
"You really don't expect anything like this in a place like Scalford. It's mainly a very quiet village."
Another neighbour said: "The first I knew anything was wrong was when I looked out this morning and saw King's Street cordoned off. It's a bit of a shock."
A woman who answered the door of Mr Miller's home in Eastwell said the family did not wish to comment.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Spicer, from the East Midlands major crime unit, said: "We are in the process of establishing the circumstances surrounding the incident and urge anyone who may have seen or heard anything in King Street last night to contact us."
Anyone with information can contact police on 101.