Preston murder: candle tribute to stabbing victim Hiwa Saleh Ali Khani as mounted police patrol on the street where it happened

It could be any terraced street in Preston . . . except candles of remembrance burn on the doorstep of one house and mounted police patrol up and down in a show of reassurance.
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While the residents of Raikes Road are still coming to terms with what happened on the cobbled street outside their homes on Friday, they are trying to get on with life as normal.

"It's weird," said one man who lives only a few yards from where 28-year-old Hiwa Saleh Ali Khani tragically lost his life, the second man to die of knife wounds on the city's streets in just over three weeks.

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"Parents kept their children in for a couple of days, but now the kids are playing out as normal and you wouldn't think anything had gone on.

Mounted officers patrol Raikes Road to reassure the public.Mounted officers patrol Raikes Road to reassure the public.
Mounted officers patrol Raikes Road to reassure the public.

"Heaven forbid we're starting to get used to knife crime."

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A 16-year-old boy has appeared in court this week charged with Mr Khani's murder. Four other teens are still under investigation - one a 15-year-old girl.

Less than a mile away in Jutland Street the residents there just shrug their shoulders when reminded of the 42-year-old who died on the road in front of their homes after being stabbed in the early hours of June 17. Police say the two incidents were not linked.

Candles on a doorstep in Raikes Road in memory of the stab victim.Candles on a doorstep in Raikes Road in memory of the stab victim.
Candles on a doorstep in Raikes Road in memory of the stab victim.

Both communities say they were shocked . . . but, after a pause, admit they weren't really surprised.

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"None of the neighbours round me know what happened on Friday night," said the Raikes Road resident, who asked not to be named.

"From what I gather none of the folk in Jutland Street knew what happened over there either.

"I didn't know the guy who died, even though it was just down from my house. But I guess from the candles on the doorstep he must have either lived there or that's where it happened.

"I've read on social media that he could have been from Romania and he was a family man. But that's all I know.

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Police have so far declined to officially name the victim, saying it is at the family's request.

But the Preston Muslim Burial Society revealed his identity in a tweet which said: "Brother Hiwa Saley Ali Khani, aged 28, of Ribbleton Lane has tragically passed away."

In a second tweet the society added: "A murder investigation is underway and police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them."

Residents in Raikes Road were reluctant to talk about the incident which happened in broad daylight on Friday evening.

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It was the same story in Jutland Street three weeks before when 42-year-old Lee Dawson was stabbed at around three in the morning.

Four people are currently awaiting trial in relation to his death.

The 16-year-old charged with Mr Khani's murder has been remanded in custody until January 11 when he will face a trial which could last up to three weeks. He appeared at Preston Crown Court via a video link.

Due to the boy's age Judge Simon Medland QC ordered the media not to publish anything which might identify him. But he warned the order was subject to review and would be reconsidered by the court at a later date.