NINE MILE RIDE: Man died from single stab wound to chest

Police name 27-year-old as Zelous Smythe from Camberley

A MAN who died in Nine Mile Ride on Monday was stabbed in the chest.

Thames Valley Police said that a post mortem conducted on 27-year-old Zelous Smythe, from Camberley, revealed that he died from a single stab wound.

Around 2pm on Monday, Smythe was seen on the road in Wokingham Without. Paramedics attempted to treat him at the scene but the injuries were so severe that he died at the scene.

The road remains closed while enquiries are ongoing at the scene however will re-open once these are completed.

A 27-year-old man from Wokingham and a 20-year-old woman from Bracknell, who were arrested on Monday on suspicion of murder, currently remain in police custody.

Detective Superintendent Ian Hunter, Head of the Major Crime unit, said: “We believe there are some witnesses who we are yet to trace who drove past the incident at around 2pm on Monday,  November 5, in Nine Mile Ride.

“If this was you or you have any information which may assist our investigation, I would like to encourage you to come forward and speak to police.

“The victim’s next of kin are continuing to be supported by specially trained family liasion officers.”

Superintendent Shaun Virtue, Local Police Area Commander for Bracknell and Wokingham, said: “I understand our community will be concerned by this tragic incident, but the public should be reassured that police do not consider there to be any threat posed to people in the local community. Local officers remain close to the scene to provide reassurance and support to those affected.”

If you have any information please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101, quoting the reference 685 5/11.

If you do not want to speak to police call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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