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Police launch murder probe after Teignmouth man is stabbed

By This is Devon  |  Posted: January 25, 2011

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A MURDER investigation has been launched in Teignmouth after a man died in what is believed to have been a stabbing incident yesterday.

Police officers were carrying out house-to-house inquiries after the man, aged 29, died after sustaining fatal injuries in an incident in Kingsway early yesterday afternoon.

Emergency services were called shortly after 12.30pm following reports of disorder.

One man was treated at the scene by paramedics for a chest injury and was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by air ambulance, but died from his injuries.

Police officers from Devon and Cornwall Police's major crime investigation unit launched a murder investigation.

Forensics and scenes of crime officers spent yesterday afternoon taking evidence from the location.

A 26-year-old man from Newton Abbot was arrested on suspicion of assault and police were last night hunting for a second man who is was wanted in connection with the incident. Police were not releasing details about who the wanted man was or why they were seeking him.

The victim has not been formally identified and next of kin have not been informed.

A friend of the man said he was a 'lovely' dad.

She said police had told the whole of the Kingsway area to 'lock their doors' after the incident.

Stunned Teignmouth residents have expressed their shock that a young man lost his life.

The property in Kingsway was cordoned off and is being treated as a crime scene.

Teignbridge Detective Inspector Nick Wilden said: "This is a serious incident and we have deployed a lot of resources while we make our initial inquiries to ascertain the circumstances of what has taken place."

The man's next of kin were being contacted last night.

Police confirmed they were treating his death as suspicious and had launched a murder investigation.

A 26-year-old man from Newton Abbot was arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in custody.

The victim, who is understood to have suffered stab wounds to the chest, was flown by Devon Air Ambulance to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital at Wonford.

Ambulance staff received their first 999 call at 12.33pm to say there had been a stabbing in the Kingsway Flats area of the town.

It is thought the call was made on a mobile phone.

A land ambulance from the town was dispatched as was a rapid response vehicle.

Paramedics were treating the dying man within four minutes of receiving the initial call-out.

An ambulance spokeswoman said it was reported that the casualty was 'unconscious but breathing' when paramedics arrived to treat him.

It is understood he was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

People returned home from work to find the flats sealed off and a police investigation well under way.

Onlookers stood across the road at Kingsway flats. They did not wish to speak about what had happened and were visibly shocked at what had occurred in the middle of their community.

The road and access lane to the rear of a two-storey terrace property was cordoned off with police tape.

Neighbouring residents were being escorted back to their homes by police officers having been asked to leave.

Scenes of crime officers wearing white forensic suits searched the house and the surrounding areas.

They came out of the property with evidence sealed in bags.

As officers worked into the night, one police van was parked in the road with another to rear of the house.

A police sergeant and a policewoman stood at the cordon, with another PC standing at the door.

The social networking internet site Facebook was alive with people describing the scene in Kingsway.

People followed the drama as the police helicopter assisted officers in the manhunt moments after the alleged fatal attack.

Facebook comments said police and search dogs were in the area, and that the whole road was closed off.

One comment said: "There were loads of police in Kingsway."

David Clifford, head teacher at nearby Inverteign School, said: "My understanding is that the police were checking vehicles up and down the road.

"I believe the advice was that parents should collect their children.

"One or two children left school about 10 minutes early. We asked the children to go with their parents when they left school.

"It is terrible what has happened."

Local councillor David Cox learned of the murder incident shortly after lunchtime.

He said: "It's my understanding that the people involved are known to each other and it was not a random attack, so there is no threat to members of public.

"I was told by a resident of Kingsway in the early part of the afternoon. Obviously a lot of people are very shocked at what has happened.

"A lot of work has been done to keep crime down in Kingsway and life has improved a great deal. That work will continue I am sure, despite the tragic events of today.

"This is not the sort of thing that happens every day."

Police are appealing for information and ask anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area to call police on 08452 777444 quoting log 376 240111 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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