Cumbria Police have released the images of two men wanted in connection with the suspected murder of 24-year-old Ryan Kirkpatrick.
Detectives are calling on the public to help find the two men; Kane Hull is 28 and has connections to the Carlisle and Wigton areas, and Liam Porter is 32 and from Carlisle.
Mr Kirkpatrick was stabbed in the Carlyle’s Court area of Carlisle last Saturday night (September 18). Despite receiving treatment from first responders and medical staff, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Holden said: “We urge anyone who sees these two men or knows of their whereabouts to contact us immediately on 999.
“The public should not approach either man but instead make an immediate call to police.
“I also urge Hull and Porter to hand themselves in for questioning as soon as possible.”
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Detectives have made a broad public appeal for any information that may be of use in the case including CCTV, dashcam footage and any other details which could assist officers with their enquiries.
Det Ch Supt Holden added: “There have been questions from the community on why images of people suspected to be linked to the incident have not been released so far.
“There are complex issues around evidence and the criminal justice system which mean this must be done at the right time and when we are confident it is in the best interests of the investigation.
“This inquiry remains our number one priority in north Cumbria and I can assure the public our officers are working tirelessly on behalf of the public and Mr Kirkpatrick’s grieving family.
“A Major Incident Room has been set up and a team of at least 60 dedicated officers are working on the case, with other specialist teams being drafted in according to need.”
Anyone who sees Kane Hull or Liam Porter is advised to dial 999 immediately.
Anyone with information can submit this here: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0301020118N53-PO1 or call 101.
Alternatively, members of the public can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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