One Dead in New Year Axe Attack on Pub

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One man has died and several injured after an alleged knife and axe attack on a pub in Plymouth, south west England.

Police confirmed they were called to a “major disturbance” at the Kings Arms in Tamerton Foliot at 1.30am this morning after several people phoned the emergency services to report that a man had an axe and a knife.

The Plymouth Herald reports that a 27-year-old man was taken to hospital but confirmed dead on arrival. Two other men are in hospital with knife injuries.

Two men aged 20 and 21 have been arrested on suspicion of murder, with Devon and Cornwall police saying they have been detained Charles Cross Police Station in Plymouth.

Detective Superintendent Jim Cowell said: “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who was in the Tamerton Foliot area between 1-2am this morning to contact the police. We have established a cordon at Station Road to assist with scene investigation and our officers will be active in the area throughout the day conducting enquiries.”

The area around the pub was cordoned off, and one resident returning home from New Year festivities to the paper: “The road was all blocked, we had to walk part of the way home. We’ve heard it was a stabbing on the green.

“This is not the sort of stuff you expect in Tamerton.”

Another resident added: “It’s absolutely shocking that something like this can happen in Tamerton Foliot. It’s a very close knit and lovely community. It really is not the sort of thing you expect to happen there. It’s still has a village feel to it and people really do know each other and keep check on each other. My thoughts goes out to the families of the deceased and the injured.”