Murder investigation launched, Honiton

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the suspicious death of a man in Honiton today [6 June].

Police and ambulance crews were called at around 3.40pm after concerns were raised for the welfare of the man at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Dowell Street.

On arrival they found a 55-year-old man deceased at the scene. He had sustained a number of stab wounds. The victim’s family has been informed.

A 55-year-old man was located nearby and has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He has been taken into custody in Exeter and will be interviewed in due course.

A large number of detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team are working on this investigation to establish the circumstances of the man’s death.

Officers are carrying out an extensive search of the vicinity where this incident took place and the police drone will be used to capture footage of the surrounding area.

A police cordon is in place and scenes of crime officers are expected to remain at the scene for the next 24 hours. There is no road closure in place.

Superintendent Sam De Reya said: “I want to reassure the local community of Honiton that this was an isolated incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

“We are appealing for witnesses. If anyone saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Dowell Street area or around a camper van parked in the Lace Walk car park in the town centre on Tuesday afternoon, then we would like you to contact us.”

Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to contact police via [email protected] or by telephoning 101, quoting log 529 of 06/06/17.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers via 0800 555111 or the charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-org.uk.

Source:: Devon and Cornwall Police News

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