Police have launched a murder investigation as they continue to search for a man involved in a stabbing incident in Barnstaple this evening (Friday).

The scene at Tesco Extra on Friday evening. Picture: Sarah HowellsThe scene at Tesco Extra on Friday evening. Picture: Sarah Howells

UPDATE: The suspect was arrested in Barnstaple in the early hours of this morning.

Devon and Cornwall Police released an image of the man they believe was involved in the incident in Barnstaple Retail Park.

A man in his 30s was pronounced dead at North Devon District Hospital after being stabbed multiple times near the Tesco Extra store in Station Road.

A major incident is ongoing in Barnstaple after reports of a stabbing in the Tesco Extra car park. Picture: Sarah HowellsA major incident is ongoing in Barnstaple after reports of a stabbing in the Tesco Extra car park. Picture: Sarah Howells

Police took the rare step of releasing the man’s image, and have warned that he may still be armed.

Detective Superintendent Mike West, said: “We have taken the rare step of releasing the image of a person we are actively seeking in connection to tonight’s death.

“We are currently treating this as a murder investigation, and the man pictured is someone we are actively trying to locate and apprehend.

“We are appealing to the public for their assistance – we believe that someone will know who this man is and they need to contact the police immediately.

“If you are the man pictured and are reading this appeal, please contact the police immediately and hand yourself in.”

Anyone with any information is asked to call 999 quoting log number 908 of the 3rd of August.

UPDATE: The suspect was arrested in Barnstaple in the early hours of this morning.