More quizzing time over axe attack

Published: Sunday 4th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Police have been given more time to question two men arrested after an alleged knife and axe attack which left a builder dead and a 21-year-old man in a “critical” condition.

Officers were called to a ”major disturbance” at the Kings Arms in the historic village of Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth, Devon, at 1.30am on New Year’s Day.

Horrified onlookers reported a man was in possession of a knife and axe, with others later reporting ”disorder” at the scene.

The incident spread from the village pub, which had held a New Year’s Eve disco, to the tiny green outside.

Tanis Bhandari, 27, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital. Paramedics took two other men to Derriford Hospital with knife injuries.

One of the men, aged 21 and from Plymouth, remains in hospital in a “critical but stable condition”, a spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said. The other man has been discharged from hospital.

Two men, aged 20 and 21, both from Plymouth, were arrested on suspicion of murder and continue to be questioned by officers at Charles Cross Police Station, Plymouth.

A warrant of further detention for both suspects was granted by Plymouth Magistrates’ Court, a police spokesman said.

One weapon has been recovered and searches are continuing for the knife believed to have been used in the attack.

Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell, senior investigating officer, said: “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who was in the Tamerton Foliot area between 1am and 2am on the morning of the incident to contact the police.

“An axe has been found but the search continues for a large knife. We are asking local residents to keep an eye out for anything discarded in their bins or gardens that seems suspicious and to call police if anything is found, without touching it.”

A statement posted on the Kings Arms Facebook page said: ”On New Year’s Eve a terrible attack was made on a lovely group of people on the way home from a great night in our pub.

”It was an unprovoked violent attack with a tragic consequences. That I feel devastated is an absolute understatement.

”I wish all the families of those involved my deepest deepest sympathy; not that this will help them in any way now but, I wish I could turn back the clock so that these events would not occur.”

Published: Sunday 4th January 2015 by The News Editor

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