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UPDATE: One Dead, Several Hurt In Plymouth Pub Axe Attack

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5:13pm 2nd January 2015
(Updated 5:13pm 2nd January 2015)

Police have more time to question two men arrested on suspicion of murder after that New Year's Day stabbing in Plymouth.

27 year old Tanis Bhandari died after the attack near the King's Arms in Tamerton Foliot and two others were injured.

Officers were called to a "major disturbance" at The Kings Arms in Tamerton Foliot, Plymouth, Devon, at 1.30am New Year's Day.

Several callers told 999 emergency operators that a man had a knife and an axe - and there were more calls later about disorder.

A 27-year-old man was found seriously injured at the scene and taken to Derriford Hospital by ambulance.

He was confirmed dead on arrival.

Two other men were taken to the hospital with knife injuries.

An axe was recovered at the scene and officers are still looking for a knife, with a spokesman saying: "An axe has been found but the knife has yet to be located. 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."

Two men, aged 20 and 21 years, arrested in connection with the incident remain in custody at Charles Cross Police Station in Plymouth.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a warrant of further detention was granted by Plymouth Magistrates on Friday afternoon in respect of both men.

Detective Superintendent Jim Colwell told Sky News the investigation was "very much in the early stages".

"Over the next 24 to 48 hours we hope to have a much better understanding of exactly what happened," he said.

He added: "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 on 101.

"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."

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 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."

One Tamerton Foliot resident told the Plymouth Herald: "I've lived here for 44 years, and things like this don't happen.

"We have a very good relationship with the police here and it will have a big impact on the community."

Another resident said: "The police stopped us at each point on the way back into the village. By the time we had come back the incident was over.

"I was quite glad we weren't out in the village. It's a very close community and everyone says hello to each other and stops to chat. It's a big shock."

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who was in the area during this time are asked to contact police on 101 quoting police log 169 01/01/15, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

5:13pm 2nd January 2015

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