Devon

Kingsteignton stabbing: Body found in car after pensioner death

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Image caption The 73-year-old man was found in his house in Chockland Road, Kingsteignton

Police say they are investigating links between a suspected suicide and the death of a 73-year-old man who suffered multiple stab wounds.

Officers launched a murder investigation after the pensioner was found in Kingsteignton, Devon, at about 21:20 BST on Sunday.

Police said the body of a second man was found in a car six miles away near Labrador Bay, Shaldon, on Monday.

"This death is not currently being treated as suspicious," they said.

The pensioner, who was found in his home on Chockland Road, was taken to Torbay Hospital but later pronounced dead.

Det Supt Mike West, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said the victim had been stabbed with a knife on his doorstep in a "motiveless, sustained, violent" attack.

He said he had been "minding his own business in his own home" when he was attacked "without warning".

Image caption The 73-year-old victim suffered multiple stab wounds on his doorstep

The force said it found the body of the second man in a car late on Monday morning.

Det Supt West said: "We are responding to the incident as a suspected suicide."

He said as a "result of the proximity" of the two deaths it "made sense for us to approach that second discovery with an open mind and to ascertain whether those two deaths are in anyway linked".

He said the second man had not been identified and no link had been found as of yet.

Marin Alford, who lives near the stabbing scene, said he saw a lot of police, including armed officers.

"It is very shocking for a small place like Kingsteignton," he said.

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, added: "It's just awful. We're not just neighbours, we're all friends down here."

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