UPDATED: Man shot and another stabbed at private party

Police file pic
Police file pic

A man was shot and a second man was stabbed during a ‘large-scale disturbance’ at a private party in Abbots Langley.

The incident happened at a home in High Elms Lane at around 9pm yesterday and three men were taken to hospital.

One man was shot in the shoulder, another man suffered a head injury and a third man was stabbed in the abdomen. They have all been discharged from hospital.

Six men have been arrested for affray in connection with the ‘large-scale disturbance’ and High Elms Lane has been shut.

Five men, who are from London, are aged 25, 29, 18, 25 and 31. A 29-year-old man has also been arrested.

It means Parmiter’s School, St Michael’s Catholic High School, and High Elms Manor have all been forced to shut, but the crematorium on the road remains open.

Police officers are currently at the scene interviewing witnesses and watching CCTV footage.

Detective inspector Justine Jenkins for the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, has reassured people that it was an ‘isolated incident’.

She said: “I fully understand that this may cause concern in the local community but I would like to reassure people we are doing all we can to establish exactly what has happened.

“At this stage it is believed to be an isolated incident between parties known to each other, who were attending a private party.

“As arrests have been made it is important not to speculate on what has happened so as not to prejudice any action going forward and I would urge people to be responsible when posting on social media.

“Police will remain in the area by way of reassurance.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.