Police have arrested a man suspected of the murder of two men and the attempted murder of a third.
Officers were called to reports of a man being struck by a vehicle in Tithe Farm Road, in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire, at 1.18am on Sunday.
Emergency services found three men with stab wounds. Two were pronounced dead at the scene, while the third was taken to hospital and remains in a serious but stable condition.
A Bedfordshire police spokesperson said: “Officers have today arrested a man in his 30s on suspicion of two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.”
The spokesperson said one of the deceased was a man in his late 20s and the other in his late 30s.
The injured man is in his late 20s and he remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital, according to the spokesperson.
Police have not yet named the victims, but say their families are being supported.
Det Supt Carl Foster said: “This was a shocking incident which has occurred in a busy area of Houghton Regis and has no doubt caused great concern to the local community. We have a dedicated team working on this investigation and are carrying out a range of inquiries in order to bring those responsible to justice.
“People will see an increased police presence in the town over the coming days and we are continuing to offer support to the families affected at this difficult time. The investigation team has been greatly assisted by the response from residents – we have received an incredible amount of information from the public.
“Please do continue to come forward with anything that might be relevant in assisting us to establish who is responsible. In a week where forces nationally are responding to knife crime, we are committed to tackling this issue.
“This incident depicts a level of violence that we will not allow to go unpunished, and equally we will work hard to prevent.”