Two more Mansfield men charged with murder of Forest Town man as family appeal for calm

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DETECTIVES have charged two further Mansfield men with the murder of Forest Town man Jonathan Turner (pictured) - and his family has appealed for ‘community calm’ following the killing in Mansfield town centre in the early hours of Saturday, it was revealed late on Wednesday night.

The two men, Andrej Novakov (19) and Miroslav Budzinskis (24), who had been arrested earlier this week, are jointly charged with the murder of Mr Turner and will appear before Mansfield magistrates on Thursday.

Two other Mansfield men - Bragdas Kilic (22), of Westfield Lane, and Vjaceslavs Solovjovs (22), of Terrace Road - were remanded in custody on Tuesday at a Mansfield court accused of murder and are due to reappear at Nottingham Crown Court on Thursday.

Mr Turner (27) was seriously assaulted in the early hours of Saturday outside The Vibe pub, Stockwell Gate, He died in hospital the following day and a post-mortem examination revealed that he died from head injuries.

On Wednesday night his family appealed for calm ‘following continued concerns over community tensions’ - and said that ‘nationality shouldn’t come into this’.

In a statement on a Facebook page dedicated to Jonathan’s memory, the family spoke of their concern about ill feeling directed towards Polish people in the area following the incident.

They said: “We have been made aware of some ill feeling towards the Polish community living in the area since Jonathan’s death.

“We want to let you know that the people questioned by the police investigating Jonathan’s murder are not Polish.

“Please don’t take your frustrations out on innocent people.” The statement from the family, who earlier on Wednesday released a photo of Mr Turner, read in full:

“We are totally overwhelmed by all of your good wishes and expressions of sympathy since Jonathan’s death on Sunday.

“So many of you have left flowers and cards and written messages of love and sympathy on this page.

“This has been a great comfort to us and we want to thank all of you for your support.

“We know some of you have made comments on here about the nationalities of the people who have been arrested by the police in connection with Jonathan’s murder. We also know many people in Mansfield are talking about this.

“We have been made aware of some ill feeling towards the Polish community living in the area since Jonathan’s death.

“We want to let you know that the people questioned by the police investigating Jonathan’s murder are not Polish.

“Despite that, nationality shouldn’t come into this. The most important thing is to let the police do their job and for justice to run its course.

“The last thing we want is for anyone else to suffer as a result of what happened this weekend.

“It is clear that you all thought a lot of Jonathan and are shocked and upset by what has happened, but please don’t take your frustrations out on innocent people.

“Your energy would be far better spent remembering Jonathan as the fun loving, funny and caring person he was.”

Earlier in the week the family had paid tribute to Mr Turner, saying: “Jonathan was a wonderful fun-loving daddy, much loved son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin, and true friend. His loss is felt by so many.”

Police are continuing to appeal for any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information to contact the incident room on 0300 300 9999, ext 817 1574. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.