Two teenage boys from Rhyl have been charged with the murder of a shop owner.
Police have confirmed 37-year old Amarjeet Singh-Bhakar from Burnage in south Manchester died from fatal stab wounds after a disturbance at a house on Prince Edward Avenue early on Sunday.
One of the youths charged – who cannot be identified for legal reasons – is also accused of wounding another man. They will appear before a youth court in Wrexham this morning.
Another three males from Rhyl, including two teenagers, have been released on bail but are still under investigation. And five men from Greater Manchester have been charged with violent disorder – they will also appear before magistrates in Wrexham this morning.
Detectives said on Tuesday night they were keeping an open mind about the motive which led to the disturbance and were still actively pursuing all lines of inquiry. But DI Gary Kelly said the incident demonstrated ”how being in possession of a knife can escalate into fatal consequences.”
He added: ”There remains a significant amount of work to conduct and the investigation is by no means complete. Our dedicated team of officers are actively pursuing all lines of enquiry…we are aware that this case has had a significant impact on the community and would take this opportunity to reassure the public that additional resources have been deployed to the Rhyl area as the investigation continues.”
Mr Singh, known as VJ, ran a designer clothes shop at the White Rose Centre in Rhyl. Described by friends as a man devoted to his faith and his family, he was married with two children and had split his time between North Wales and Manchester.
Police are still appealing for anyone with information about the incident to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting reference no. V061153.