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The Guardian - UK
The Guardian - UK
Sammy Gecsoyler

Man dead and seven injured after stabbings near Cornwall nightclub

Forensic scientific officers at the scene of the stabbings in Cornwall. Police were called to the site at 3.15am.
Forensic scientific officers at the scene of the stabbings in Cornwall. Police were called to the site at 3.15am. Photograph: Ryan Jenkinson/Story Picture Agency

A man has died and seven others were left injured after a stabbing near a nightclub in Cornwall.

Police were called to Castle Canyke Road in the Victoria Square area in Bodmin at 3.15am on Sunday after reports of a person with a knife and multiple people with suspected stab wounds.

The incident occurred near Eclipse nightclub, which on Saturdays closes at 3am.

A man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene and at least seven other men and women were injured during the incident. They were taken to hospital to receive treatment. None of their injuries are being treated as life-threatening.

A 24-year-old man from Bodmin has been arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent and is in police custody.

Police remained at the scene on Sunday. A local football team, Bodmin Youth FC, closed its nearby ground after the incident.

DI Ilona Rosson, from the major crime investigation team, said: “Following an incident in Bodmin last night, a man in his 30s has been confirmed deceased and officers are supporting his next of kin.

“At this time we are treating this as an isolated matter and we are not seeking anyone else in connection to this incident.

“This is a live and active police investigation, and I would urge people not to speculate on social media but if you have information which may assist us, please report it.”

East Cornwall local policing superintendent Rob Youngman said on Sunday: “This investigation is in its early stages and the public can expect to see a heightened policing presence around Bodmin today while inquiries are ongoing.

“Understandably, this incident will have an impact on the local community, and our thoughts are with the families of the victims.

“Cordons will stay in place today while officers gather information and evidence from the scene.

“Anyone who has not yet been spoken to by officers and has any information which may assist our investigation, please get in touch. This could include any relevant dashcam, doorbell and CCTV footage from the area of Victoria Square and along Castle Canyke Road.”

Anyone with information can email Bodmin CID at or phone the department on 101, quoting crime reference CR/47098/18.

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