Wild West Britain's latest victims: The two 17-year-old boys stabbed to death in mass brawl outside house party at £600k home in Milton Keynes after fight over 'gatecrashers'
- One of the victims died at the scene of the incident in the Emerson Valley area
- The other victim was taken to hospital with injuries but sadly died later on
- Police were called to Archford Croft after reports of a stabbing taking place
- The two boys have now been named by their shocked friends at the scene
A double murder investigation has been launched following the deaths of two teenage boys at a house party in Milton Keynes.
One of the victims, a 17-year-old boy, died at the scene, while the other - also 17, died after he was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
They have now been named by shocked friends as Ben Gillham-Rice and Dominic Ansah, both of whom lived locally.
Neighbours claim that the killings were 'gang-related'.
Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter said there had been around 15 to 20 people at the party and that 'the people directly involved in this incident are all likely to have known each other'.
Dominic Ansah (left) and Ben Gillham-Rice have been named as the teenagers who were killed
He also revealed that everyone at the party was an invited guest and that there were no gatecrashers.
It was understood that a fight broke out inside the party and that Ben Gillham-Rice and Dominic Ansah were fatally stabbed in the ensuing melee.
Two tearful cousins of one of the boys attended the site of the killing to lay flowers on Sunday.
One of the cousins, who did not wish to give her name, said: 'He's come here with his long-time best friend since childhood, comes to a party and both of their lives just got ripped away from them.
'He was just so respectful to, like, his family and friends.
'Many, many people's hearts are broken.'
One neighbour, who lives in an adjacent cul-de-sac, said that she knew the boys but declined to give their names.
She said: 'This gang of kids have been hanging around Archford Croft - it's all gang-related.
Another neighbour said she heard a 'commotion' involving screaming, shortly before midnight, but did not see what happened.
'The police were here pretty quick,' she said.
A police car was stationed on the outside of the cul-de-sac which has since been closed off by officers
Police say that everyone at the house party was invited and Dominic Ansah (left) and Ben Gillham-Rice (right with mother Suzie) died after a fight broke out
Forensic offices were pictured leaving the property and blood was seen on the door of the property
'We do know that there was a house party at the time, not here but another part of Emerson. I think it's just because there was a house party and then the trouble started from there.'
DCS Hunter said: 'I fully appreciate the concern that this will cause in the local community and beyond but at this early stage I believe the people involved in this incident are all likely to have known each other.
'Clearly this is a dreadful incident and we are in the very early stages of the investigation. We have deployed significant resources and it is, and will continue to be, a fast-moving investigation led by our Mayor Crime Unit.
'Our thoughts go out to the families of the victims and we have deployed specially trained officers to support them.
'We remain on the scene of Archford Close in Emerson Valley and a scene has been cordoned off. This is likely to remain for several days.'
He added that detectives were keen to speak to anyone who was at the party or who saw events before and afterwards at the house to contact officers if they had not already been spoken to.
Forensic teams were pictured outside the property today after the two teenagers were stabbed
Close relatives of the dead and injured men were being comforted by specially trained police liaison officers at their homes and neighbours said they had been told not to speak to the media.
One woman, whose home overlooks the property's garden, said she did not see or hear anything and described the neighbourhood as 'peaceful'.
'It's just a nice peaceful part of Milton Keynes. There's never been any incidents, not since I've been here, which is quite a while now,' she said.
Neighbours in the area claimed a house party was being held at the £600,000 home.
Police officers and ambulance crews were called to the property in the Emerson Valley area just before midnight.
Crews attended a property in Archford Croft after reports of a stabbing taking place.
On Sunday, what appeared to be blood was smeared across the front door of the house.
Two males, one 17 and one 23 were also injured in the incident and have been taken to hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
No arrests have yet been made following the incident and police said the victims' next of kin has since been informed.
It is not yet known how many assailants were involved in the double murder but they fled from the scene after inflicting the horrific injuries.
A full forensic investigation team was at the scene today, carrying out a detailed search of the house and the garden in a bid to find clues to the attackers.
Neighbours in Emerson Valley told of the horror at hearing about the double murder, with one even saying a 'Happy Birthday' banner had been draped over the door.
One man, who did not want to be named, said: 'Apparently there was some sort of party going on at the house and a group of young people arrived and got into the house. I don't think the boys knew each other.
'Soon after midnight loads of police cars and ambulances arrived in the road and there were blue lights everywhere. I have been told that the boys who died were not related in anyway and that the murders look a bit like gang violence.
'This is normally a nice quiet neighbourhood and hardly anything ever happens here. I just can't believe that two teenage boys have been viciously murdered in our street,' said the neighbour.
Other neighbours in Archford Croft said said that the four bedroomed homes in the road where the killings happened were currently selling for £360,000 and not the £600,000 originally estimated.
Another added: 'It is really unusual in this road to hear any noise in the evening so when I heard what sounded like a serious altercation taking place, I decided to call the police immediately.
Ambulance and police crews attended Archford Croft (pictured above) after reports that a stabbing had taken place
'The police and ambulances were here within minutes of my call and I saw a couple of dozen young people coming out of the house as the police went in. It was a very ususual scene for this place which is normally so quiet'.
A Home Office pathologist was due to carry out post mortem examinations on the bodies of both boys at the mortuary at Milton Keynes Hospital although police confirmed that both had stab wounds.
Officers refused to say which hospital the stabbed adults had been taken to because of fears for their safety. Head of Crime Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Hunter said the force was in the early stages of a double murder investigation after the 'shocking incident'.
'Our priorities at this time are to conduct a thorough investigation and to support those who have been affected. Officers are currently at the scene which has been cordoned off and members of the public are asked to avoid the area.
'I would like to speak to anyone who has any information which could help with our enquiries or anyone who witnessed any suspicious activity in the area of Archford Croft at around the time of the incident around midnight.
'Even if you think details may be insignificant, please come forward and speak to police.'
Officers are appealing for information and have urged people to get in touch by contacting police via the 24-hour 101 number, quoting URN 1761 19/10.
You can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'
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