murder probe

A RIPLEY man died after being stabbed outside a house on Butterley Hill on Sunday night.

Police officers were called after the alarm was raised by neighbours who found Christopher Clowes, in his 40s, suffering serious injuries at around 10pm.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics but died later at Kingsmill Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

Chrstopher worked as a delivery driver for the Red Cross charity shop on Oxford Street, Ripley.

Kevin Morgan, Northern Territory retail general manager for the Red Cross, said: “We are shocked and saddened by Chris’s death and would like to extend our deepest sympathies to his family at what must be an extremely upsetting time.

“Chris will be greatly missed by the team here. The Red Cross is offering support to all staff and volunteers affected by the news.”

The Red Cross shop in Ripley will be closed from today until Tuesday out of a mark of respect for Chris.

One set of flowers left in tribute to the Ripley man on Butterley Hill on Wednesday read: “Love you daddy.”

Another from ‘Paul and Sally’ said you are always with us in our hearts.”

Lee Barnes, a 38-year-old local man from Butterley Hill, Ripley appeared at South Derby Magistrates Court, charged with the murder. He spoke only to confirm his name and was remanded in custody, due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday.

Police closed off the road and set up a cordon between Pentrich Road and Argyll Street.

A post mortem examination of the victim was carried out on Monday.

A force spokeswoman said the incident had “started in a house and spilled out on to the street”.

Craig Blount, of Outram Court, said: “You expect this in the city – but you don’t think it could happen around here. You don’t expect it on your own doorstep. It’s pretty horrific.”

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Susan Bamford, of Cromford View, said: “You don’t expect this to happen where you live, It’s quite shocking.”

Forensic officers set up an evidence tent to protect a white car in the back yard of a house off Outram Street. The victim of the attack was found only metres away from where 16-year-old Luke Richmond was fatally attacked in August 2002.

Luke, of Swanwick, suffered a fractured skull when David Wadsworth, then 17, knocked him down and kicked his head as he lay dying. Wadsworth was jailed for six years.

Anyone who has any information that would help the police investigation should ring the police on 0345 123 3333 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.