Shropshire

Shrewsbury murder victim Jason Scott Cooke named

Monkmoor recreation ground
Image caption The dispute involved up to 20 young men in the Monkmoor area of Shrewsbury, police said

A man who died following a dispute on a recreation ground in Shropshire involving up to 20 young men has been named by police.

Jason Scott Cooke, 23, of Sutton Farm, in Shrewsbury, died on 27 December shortly after arriving at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

A post-mortem examination has confirmed he died from stab wounds.

Seven men have been arrested in connection with the death, five of them on suspicion of murder.

All five are aged in their 20s as is a sixth man who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder. A 19-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assisting a suspected offender.

The seven arrests were made at addresses in Shrewsbury and Telford.

A police spokesman said Mr Cooke sustained the wounds during a confrontation at the Monkmoor Recreation Ground just after 18:00 GMT on 27 December.

'Steady progress'

Det Ch Insp Dave Andrews, the senior investigating officer, said application is being made this evening for a further extension of time to detain the suspects in custody. Officers will continue to interview them tomorrow.

He said: "We are making steady progress with the inquiry. A number of people have come forward in response to our appeals for witnesses.

"I reinforce the importance of anyone not already seen by police who was present during this incident on Tuesday, to contact Shrewsbury police station.

"It is vital we hear from everyone with any relevant information."

He added: "We have already been given the names of various individuals and urge people to come forward now rather than wait for us to contact them."

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