St Neots murder to feature in 24 Hours in Police Custody

Alex Fitzpatrick

Alex Fitzpatrick - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

An investigation into the murder of a man who was stabbed in St Neots will be the focus of the latest episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody.

Viewers of the popular Channel 4 programme on Monday October 25 will follow detectives as they launch a manhunt for Robert Parkins who left his victim bleeding to death in the street.

Robert Parkins was sentenced to 19 years in prison. 

Robert Parkins was sentenced to 19 years in prison. - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Parkins, 34, of Darrington Close, Eaton Socon, was sentenced to 19 years in prison at The Old Bailey in August last year (2020) after being found guilty of the murder of Alex Fitzpatrick.

Alex had gone to Prince Close, Eaton Socon, on October 13 2019 to drop off his son’s glasses when he got into a disagreement with his estranged partner.

Mike Branston

DSI Mike Branston leads the investigation - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

Parkins then came out holding a kitchen knife and after a scuffle stabbed Alex 15 times in the chest, lungs and back area before fleeing the scene.

Detective Superintendent Michael Branston, who led the investigation, said: “This was a brutal, frenzied and sustained

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CTTV image of Robert Parkins - Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

“What started out as a dispute escalated to such a degree that Alex lost his life from misuse of a knife.

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“The vast majority of people don’t carry knives and are never affected by knife crime, however, this show highlights the devastating impact of incidents involving knives which will stay with those around them for the rest of their lives.”

24 Hours in Police Custody: Murder on the Doorstep will be shown on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday (October 25).

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