Plymouth 'axe attack': Victim named as Tanis Bhandari

King's Arms
Image caption Officers were called to the pub on New Year's Day following a "major disturbance"

A man killed in an alleged axe and knife attack has been named as Tanis Bhandari.

Police were called to the Kings Arms pub at Tamerton Foliot in Plymouth at about 01:30 GMT on Thursday following a "major disturbance".

Mr Bhandari, 27, from Tamerton Foliot, was pronounced dead in hospital. Two men were also treated for knife wounds.

Two other men, aged 20 and 21, both from Plymouth, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police said an axe was recovered from the scene but residents have been asked to check their gardens and bins for a knife.


Tributes have been left for the 27-year-old on social networking sites.

A statement posted on the Kings Arms pub Facebook page said: "On New Year's Eve a terrible attack was made on a lovely group of people on the way home from a great night in our pub.

"That I feel devastated is an absolute understatement.

"I wish all the families of those involved my deepest deepest sympathy, not that this will help them in any way now but, I wish I could turn back the clock so that these events would not occur."

Sue Sutton-Smythe wrote on the pub's Facebook page: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of the young men.

"Knowing some of them I know they will support and comfort each other as much as possible following this awful tragedy. Sleep peacefully Tanis."

Lee Ryder added: "Can't believe it, I grew up in the same village as Tanis, he's always been a kind lad, you will truly be missed bud, my thoughts are with his family."

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