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Teen arrested as Swadlincote murder and assault investigation continues

Alert message sent 14/06/2021 14:17:00

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A teenage boy has been arrested by officers investigating the death of a teenager, and the assault of a man in Swadlincote.

Benjamin Orton, who was 17 years old, sadly died at the scene of the incident which happened on Saturday night (12 June), despite attempts by emergency crews to save him.

His family have kindly shared a photograph of Benjamin, which we have released today.

Officers were called to reports of an assault at an alleyway at the side of the Odeon cinema, in Coppice Side, just before 10.40pm.

A 20-year-old man was also found with serious, and potentially life changing injuries. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The boy, who is from the Swadlincote area, was arrested yesterday evening and is in police custody.

Officers are treating Benjamin’s death as murder and are still appealing to the public to come forward with any information, dashcam or CCTV footage from the area.

If you were in the area and noticed any people or vehicles on the roads surrounding The Pipeworks retail park around the time of the incident which you think could be of interest to officers, please get in touch.

You can submit information directly to our investigation team here:

Alternatively, please contact us using the non-emergency details below, quoting reference 1397-120621.

• Facebook – send us a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
• Twitter – direct message our contact centre on @DerPolContact
• Website – complete the online contact form
• Phone – call us on 101.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting
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