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Misinformation on social media impeding Levin murder investigation, say police

Police are today saying they’re concerned about misinformation on social media following the murder of a Levin man three days ago. The officer in charge of the investigation says some of the claims “impede the progress we are making.” Three men were arrested after the Levin man was stabbed to death. One has been charged with murder.

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Police understand that there have been some comments on social media over the past 36 hours that describe the type of alleged injuries received by Michael Valentine, and the alleged friends that inflicted them.

“We are only 48-hours into this investigation and there are still a number of lines of inquiry to follow, not to mention collation of evidence,” says Detective Senior Sergeant Marc Hercock who is in charge of the investigation. “I want to make it clear that at no stage have Police said that the three men arrested were friends of Mr Valentines. We have spoken to all the witnesses we believe to have been at the scene at the time of the stabbing. They have provided us with information that gave us the lines of inquiry to locate the three offenders.

“The comments on social media are not consistent with what we know. As I have reiterated previously this is still an active investigation and because matters are before the courts we cannot comment any further on what specifically happened without potentially jeopardising the work done so far. The 15 staff deployed on this investigation are working incredibly hard to respond to any information we receive. When information can’t be validated such as some of the claims on social media, these impede the progress we are making.

“We want your assistance and any information you have in relation to this investigation. Please contact us directly at the Levin Police Station, or alternatively through Crimestoppers. Social media in these circumstances is not the right channel.”

Levin man stabbed to death