Police continue to search area as part of investigation into murder of Sam Mechelewski

Police were searching an area of St Peter's Road this morning

Police were searching an area of St Peter's Road this morning - Credit: Archant

Police have been searching various areas in Huntingdon in connection with the Hinchingbrooke murder.

Police have been searching areas of Huntingdon and Brampton this morning (Wednesday) in connection with the murder of Sam Mechelewski.

Officers from Cambridgeshire police have been have been in St Peters Road, Huntingdon and in West End, in Brampton as part of the investigation into Mr Mechelewski’s death. The body of the 20-year-old was found by a member of the public in Hinchingbrooke Park last Thursday.

Sam, who was from Huntingdon but did not have a fixed address, was identified by police on Saturday.

This search follows two arrests, one of male in his 20’s from Chatteris, and one of a man in his 20s, from Brampton, who were arrested yesterday (Tuesday).

Police carried out extensive investigations in a section of the wood at Hinchingbrooke Park, which was cordoned off. They also carried out door-to-door inquiries in the area as well as checking nearby roads and carrying out a search of an address in Chatteris.

The area where Sam’s body was discovered is at the opposite end of the park to the main entrance and closer to the A14. There is a small entrance to the park close to the search area from nearby housing.

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The section of woodland was closed to the public during the investigation of the site, leading to the cancellation of a park run last weekend, but has now reopened.

Detective Chief Inspector Adam Gallop said: “We believe this was a targeted attack that has sadly resulted in the death of a young man.

“We’re slowly piecing together Sam’s movements from 8pm onwards on Wednesday (January 31).

I appeal to anyone who knows Sam and saw him that evening, or anyone who was in the park and noticed anything suspicious, to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

In a statement, Sam’s family said: “The last 24 hours have been the worst of our lives. Sam will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

“Sam was no angel, but his life should not have ended this way. If anyone has information please contact the police.”

Anyone with information regarding this incident should call police on 101 quoting CC-01022018-0198 or visit https://mipp.police.uk/operation/554. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.