A double murder investigation has been launched after two young men were found dead and a third was injured with stab wounds in Bedfordshire.
Officers were called to reports of a man being struck by a vehicle on Tithe Farm Road in Houghton Regis at 1.20am on Sunday.
Emergency services discovered three men with stab wounds - with two pronounced dead at the scene.
The third was taken to hospital and remains in a serious but stable condition.
Bedfordshire Police has launched a double murder investigation and the victims have yet to be formally identified.
A large police presence remains in the town while investigations continue.
Detective Superintendent Carl Foster said: "This was a horrific incident which has resulted in two young men losing their lives and a third suffering very serious injuries.
"I understand how concerning this will be for residents, however from what we know so far we believe this to be a contained incident with no wider ongoing threat to the public.
"There can be absolutely no excuse for such violence and we will do everything we can to bring those responsible to justice.
"The area was fairly busy at the time and I would urge anyone who saw what happened, or anything leading up to it, to contact police."
Anyone with any information is asked to call police quoting Operation Crux on 101, through the online reporting tool at www.beds.police.uk, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.