Family of St Albans stabbing victim Emille Stapleton: ‘Don’t use Emille’s death as an excuse for unruly behaviour’

Emille Stapleton, 20, who died on Saturday after an 'altercation'

Emille Stapleton, 20, who died on Saturday after an 'altercation' - Credit: Archant

The family of murder victim who died following a stabbing in St Albans on Saturday (24) have asked the community to ‘not to use his death as an excuse for disorder and unruly behaviour’.

Emille ‘Millz’ Stapleton, 20, died in hospital following the ‘altercation’ in the early hours of Saturday morning, and subsequently eleven people were arrested and bailed without charge.

His family released a statement: “We are devastated by the death of Emille and are fully supporting police in their investigation to bring offender(s) to justice. This is hugely important to us and we would ask others to please remain calm and do the same in Emille’s memory. ”

It follows a small number of incidents of disorder which are believed to be connected with Emille’s death in recent days.

Officers have also been made aware of a number of posts of concern made on social media and a 20 year old woman from Dunstable was arrested on October 29 and issued with a caution for malicious communications made via Facebook.

Chief Insp. for St Albans Ken Townsend said: “It is perfectly understandable that people feel saddened and angry and that tensions may be running high following the events at the weekend, but we and Emille’s family are keen to stress that officers must be allowed to focus on their investigation and day to day policing in the area.

“My officers will of course be out and about in the community as part of their daily patrols and for added reassurance. However, I would like to stress should there be any incidents we will make use of any powers available to us to disrupt and prevent disorder so please, consider the consequences your actions have.

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“I would also encourage anyone who has any information about what happened to please contact the Herts non-emergency number 101.”

Alternatively contact the police anonymously on 0800 555 111.