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Teenager charged in connection with the death of Benjamin Orton in Swadlincote

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A teenager has been charged in connection with the death of Benjamin Orton in Swadlincote.

The 17-year-old had previously been charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice.

He was arrested this morning (Wednesday 17 July) and has been charged with murder and attempted murder. He is due to appear before magistrates later today.

Two other boys, aged 16 and 17, have also previously been charged with murder and attempted murder.
They have been remanded into custody until a trial which is expected to be in November.

The three boys cannot be named for legal reasons due to their age.

Officers were called to reports of an assault in an alleyway at the side of the Odeon cinema, in Coppice Side, Swadlincote, just before 10.40pm on Saturday 12 June.

Benjamin (17), who was from the town, died at the scene. He had suffered stab wounds. A 20-year-old man was also found with serious, and potentially life changing injuries.

We would urge anyone with information who hasn’t yet come forward to contact us.

You can submit information directly to our investigation team here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/33EM21A18-PO1

Alternatively, please contact us using the non-emergency details below, quoting reference 21*326985.

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

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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