A man in possession of a knife has killed one person and stabbed seven others near a UK nightclub.
Emergency services descended upon the area surrounding the Eclipse Nightclub on Castle Canyke Road in Bodmin, Cornwall in the early hours on Sunday morning.
Police have now confirmed that a murder inquiry is under way.
A statement from Cornwall Police said: “Police were called at 3.15am on Sunday, April 30 to the area of Vict. Square on Castle Canyke Road following a report of a serious altercation.
“It was further reported that someone was in possession of a knife and that multiple people had sustained stab wounds.
“A man in his 30s was confirmed deceased at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
“At least seven other men and women have been injured and taken to hospital to receive treatment. At this time none 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 harm with intent. He remains in police custody at this time.”
Detective Inspector 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. We are also 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: “This investigation is in its early stages. The public can expect to see a heightened policing presence around Bodmin today whilst enquiries 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 whilst 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 dash-cam, doorbell and CCTV footage from the area of Victoria Square and along Castle Canyke Road.”