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Stab victims ‘were targets of killers in face masks’

Investigation: Forensic teams carry out a search near double murder scene in Milton Keynes PICTURE: GEOFF ROBINSON PHOTOGRAPHY

TWO teenagers stabbed to death at a house party in Milton Keynes may have been ‘targeted’ by masked gatecrashers, police suspect.

The victims — named locally as close pals Dom Ansah and Ben Gillham-Rice, both 17 — were attacked before midnight on Saturday.

Thames Valley Police previously said the 15 to 20 people at the birthday party, held by a girl who lived in the house, were all known to each other.

Friends: Ben Gillham-Rice (left) and Dom Ansah PICTURES: HYDE NEWS/FACEBOOK

Officers now believe the attackers were not invited to the party but were known to the victims. One died at the scene, while the other was taken to hospital but died early on Sunday.

Det Ch Supt Ian Hunter said: ‘Although we believe that all of those involved were known to each other, we believe that those responsible arrived at the party uninvited, wore face coverings and they were armed with knives in what appears to be a targeted attack.’

Two males aged 17 and 23 were also taken to hospital with knife wounds. One has since been discharged and the other is recovering well.

Mr Hunter said officers were speaking to party guests and the injured victims.

He added: ‘I have a clear message to those responsible. We are looking for you and I urge you to hand yourself into a police station as soon as possible.

‘I also wish to remind anybody that might be assisting or asked to assist those responsible that it is a criminal offence to do so and can lead to prosecution.’

No arrests had been made as of late yesterday afternoon.

Forensics officers expect to remain at the scene in Archford Croft for several days and police have increased patrols in the town’s Emerson Valley area. A large cordon around the house and surrounding area remained in place yesterday.

Formal identification of both teenagers and a Home Office post-mortem examination are expected to take place today.