Murder victim family thank Rushden people

Steven Smith, 23, of Trafford Road, Rushden
Steven Smith, 23, of Trafford Road, Rushden

The family of Steven Smith have thanked the people of Rushden for their support following his death.

A statement released by the family of the 23-year-old said: “The family would like to thank the Rushden community for their overwhelming support at this difficult time.”

Steven died at Northampton General Hospital on Saturday, October 25, after police were called to a house in Trafford Road, Rushden, earlier that morning following reports of a man being stabbed.

An appeal has also been launched to help his family.

Nene Valley Community Action (NVCA), a community organisation which supports people in the area, got in touch with the family to see if they could help as a charity and they have now up a JustGiving page on their behalf for anyone wishing to support Mr Smith’s family.

Rosemary Hadaway, CEO of NVCA in West Street, Rushden, said: “We have set up a JustGiving page to enable people to donate in memory of Steven Smith.

“If, however, you wish to give a cash donation, NVCA can accept that via our offices at 7 or 8 West Street. Every donation will be receipted and accounted for.

“If people wish to leave their names and a message for the family of Steven they can do so and NVCA will ensure that these go to the family in due course.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation in person can call into the office any time between 9am and 3.30pm Monday to Friday.

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Accused in court

The man accused of killing Steven Smith has appeared at crown court.

Danney Beaumont, 26, of Maple Road, Rushden, appeared at Leicester Crown Court on Tuesday, October 28, where a date was set for the next hearing on Monday, November 10, again in Leicester.

No plea was entered.

Beaumont was arrested and charged at the weekend.

Police are appealing for anyone with information in relation to the incident to contact them on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.