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Luton cyclist Delaney Brown killed in 'dispute' between families

Media captionDelaney Brown was knocked off his bike in Leagrave, Luton, last week

A cyclist was killed in Luton following a dispute between two families, police believe.

Delaney Brown, 19, died from a broken neck after being struck by a stolen BMW in Vincent Road on 5 September.

Appealing for witnesses, Bedfordshire Police said it was "a deliberate and unnecessary act" but was "not a gangland killing".

An 18-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been bailed.

Another man, aged 26, was released without charge after being arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Police said the teenager was targeted by someone driving a stolen silver One Series BMW car at 16:30 BST.

They said it was the result of a recent disagreement between families who had once been close friends but would not comment on the reason behind the dispute.

Forensic tests are taking place on the BMW, which was recovered from the Marsh Farm estate on Thursday morning.

'Evidence of dispute'

On Wednesday afternoon, exactly one week after the murder, police officers were in and around Vincent Road speaking to people and putting up posters appealing for help.

Det Ch Insp Steve Collin, from the Major Crime Unit, said: "It is not a gangland killing.

"There is certainly evidence of a dispute between two families, one from Marsh Farm and one from Lewsey Farm."

He said that the family of Mr Brown, who lived in Bank Close, Hockwell Ring, had been left "in despair".

The officer confirmed that he had a suspect in mind, but they were looking for three people in total, and he urged people to come forward with information.

"There is a lot of information circulating within the community and also speculation and rumour, but as yet we have not had anyone come forward who is prepared to give evidence to support this investigation," he said.

"People out there know who did this. Put yourself in this family's position and do the right thing."

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