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Murder investigation launched following man’s death in Wells

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A murder investigation has been launched after a man in his 30s died in Wells yesterday (Saturday, 23 March).

At 4.25pm we received a report of a disturbance at a property on Merlin Drive involving a number of people.

Officers attended and found two men with knife wounds on nearby Wookey Hole Road.

Sadly, despite the best efforts of the ambulance service, one of the men died of his injuries at the scene.

A post-mortem examination and formal identification will be arranged in due course. The man’s next-of-kin have been informed .

The injuries sustained by the other man, who is also in his 30s, aren’t life threatening or life changing but he continues to receive medical treatment at hospital for them.

Armed officers were deployed to the scene and assisted their patrol colleagues with carrying out a number of arrests.

The police helicopter was also used in the operation.

In total, six men and two women, all from the Somerset area, were detained in connection with the incident and currently remain in police custody.

The senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Alistair Hammett, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We’re carrying out a full investigation into what is clearly a very tragic incident.

“Specially trained officers will be providing support to the man’s family and our thoughts are with them as they come to terms with the devastating news they have been given.

“I appreciate this incident will shock local residents and we are increasing patrols in the area to provide reassurance.

“At this stage, we believe this to be an isolated incident involving people known to each other.

“A large cordon is in place around the Merlin Drive area and there will be a continuing police presence at the scene for some time while we carry out our enquiries.

“If you saw or heard any part of what happened, or have any information which you think could help my team, please contact us.

“Anyone with any particular concerns is also encouraged to contact their local neighbourhood team.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information which could help us, is asked to phone 101 and tell the call handler you are phoning in relation to log 760 of yesterday (23 March).

Alternatively pass on information through the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.