A 31-year-old homeless man has been charged with three counts of murder in connection with the knife attacks in Nottingham on Tuesday morning.
Valdo Calocane, 31, of no fixed address, has also been charged with three counts of attempted murder after allegedly hitting three people in a stolen van and will appear before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.
The charges concern University of Nottingham students Barnaby Philip John Webber and Grace Sashi O’Malley-Kumar, both aged 19, who were fatally stabbed just after 4am in Ilkeston Road, and Ian Robert Coates, 65 years old, who was later fatally stabbed. on Magdalena Road.
The remaining three attempted murder charges involve three members of the public who were hit by a van.
Chief Constable Kate Meynell of Nottinghamshire Police said: “These charges are an important development and have arisen as a result of our thorough investigation into these horrific incidents that have taken place in our town.
“Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of all those affected by these attacks, and we will continue to offer support and reassurance.
“We would also like to ask people to respect the families’ wishes for privacy during this difficult time so that they can grieve.”
“This has been an incredibly sad time for our city and county, and we are united with our communities as we process the fallout from what has happened.
“We are well aware of the deep emotion felt around these tragic events and the great interest not only in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire but across the country.”
“However, posting adverse information about a pending case online can amount to contempt of court and, in the most serious cases, could cause the end of a trial.”
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