Two Ilfracombe men arrested on suspicion of murder

09:12 09 June 2014

Archant

Man died in hospital after being found at bottom of steep slope.

TWO men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man died following an incident in Ilfracombe last night (Sunday).

The deceased, thought to be aged in his 30s, was found at the bottom of a steep slope in the Two Potts area, on the outskirts of the town.

North Devon sector inspector Roger Bartlett said the man was found close to Francis Cottages, at a location between Two Pots and the Recycling Centre.

Police were alerted by an ambulance crew at the scene at around 11pm.

The man was taken to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple with head injuries, where he later died.

Inspector Bartlett said: “Officers are at the early stages of their investigation and at this time it is unclear how the victim sustained his injuries.

“A taxi that was also present on the arrival of police and pictured in some press reports does form part of the investigation.

“The area around the scene is quite difficult to access and as such, will need to be protected until the results of the post mortem is known.

“As a result, officers will maintain a scene guard there and the road is likely to remain closed into tomorrow.

“Fortunately it is a relatively quiet route with the Old Barnstaple Road available as an alternative so the impact upon traffic movement should not be significant.

“The investigation will be run by the major crime investigation team supported by local officers who will be responsible, amongst other things, for monitoring and responding to any community tensions.

“The family of the male who lost his life have been informed and our thoughts and prayers go out to them and his friends at this difficult time.”

Officers investigating the incident said it was unclear how the victim sustained his injuries.

Two men, aged 47 and 38 and from Ilfracombe, were arrested at the scene and remain in police custody.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 931 of June 8 2014.

The B3230 New Barnstaple Road is still closed in both directions between the Crofts Lea Park junction and Two Pots junction.

Check back for more information as we have it.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other North Devon Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by North Devon Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique North Devon Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

14:23
Two men are being held at Barnstaple Police Station.

Two men to be questioned in connection with Holsworthy burglary.

Read more
13:54

Altercation on the seafront leads to two hour stand off after alleged knife incident

Read more
Richard Uffendell with his family

The head of performing arts at South Molton Community College will be running the London Marathon for the charity Bliss.

Read more
09:07
The former Dorothy Perkin's store in Barnstaple is set to become Poundland.

Poundland will be opening a second store in Barnstaple - this time in the High Street.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:25
Police have evacuated people living in the Hawthorn Park area of Bideford due to concerns about an 'unexploded bomb'. Picture: Submitted

Families evacuated after unexploded bomb was reported in Clovelly Road area of Bideford.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:39
George Osborne has an economic plan in his pocket for the South West.

Chancellor calls in rally the North Devon faithful and launch the Conservative economic plan for the South West.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:38

Fire fighters called out to property in Heasley Mill this lunchtime (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 15:41
The snake discovered in Ilfracombe. Picture: Ilfracombe Police

Ilfracombe Police were called after the snake was found in Ilfracombe - and then rescued by the Animal Ambulance.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:25
22/06/2010 PA File Photo of Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne carrying the famous old ministerial red box as he leaves 11 Downing Street, Westminster, central London, to deliver his emergency budget in the House of Commons. See PA Feature INTERNET Internet Column. Picture credit should read: Ian Nicholson/PA Photos. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature INTERNET Column.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer is visiting North Devon as he delivers speech at Saunton Sands Hotel this afternoon (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 11:25
Photo: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

People are being urged to register to vote in the general election ahead of the deadline at midnight tonight.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder