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Evening Standard
Jacob Phillips

Tributes paid to ‘much-loved son’ stabbed to death in knife attack near nightclub in Cornwall

Tributes have been paid to a “much-loved son” who was stabbed to death during a “serious altercation” near a nightclub in Cornwall.

Michael Allen, 32, was killed and seven others suffered from stab wounds in an attack close to the Eclipse nightclub in Bodmin. Two people remain in hospital as they recover from surgery following the attack.

A family statement said: “Mike was simply a much-loved son, brother, grandson and uncle, who loved his dogs.

“His family would like to respectfully request privacy at this time”.

Our investigation continues into this matter, and we continue to ask the public for their help

Detective Inspector Ilona Rosson

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

Seven other men and women were injured and taken to hospital. Five people have since been released.

A tribute site has also been set up at Bodmin Rugby Club, where people can gather to remember Mr Allen.

Paying tribute to the rugby player, Bodmin RFC said Mr Allen’s humour had left a mark on the club.

In a post on Facebook, the rugby club said: “It is with great sadness that we can now announce the passing of our player and friend Mike Allen (Chabel).

“Mike came to the club earlier this season and quickly became a big part of our squad. His humour and kindness has left a mark on us all and we will miss him dearly.

“Our thoughts are with Mike’s family at this devastating time.

“There is a memorial set up outside the rugby club where people are welcome to come to pay their respects and lay flowers. Fly high brother.”

Police officers will be there to help support the local community and a community hub will run from 4-6pm on Monday and then twice daily from 10am-midday and 4-6pm for the next week.

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

Devon and Cornwall Police were granted extra time to detain and question the suspect at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Detective Inspector Ilona Rosson, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Our investigation continues into this matter, and we continue to ask the public for their help.

“If you have any information relating to this murder and have yet to have spoken with the police, please come forward immediately. The information you have, no matter how small you may feel it could be, could be vital to our investigation.”

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