Residents in a Somerset town have reacted with shock and surprise after a murder investigation have been launched foloowing the death of a man overnight.
Officers from Avon and Somerset Police were called to an address in Glastonbury late on Bank Holiday Monday night (April 18) after reports that he had been stabbed. An air ambulance was also sent to the scene in Chilkwell Street.
Despite attempts by police officers and paramedics to save him, the man – who has not yet been identified – was pronounced dead at the scene. Many residents said they did not expect this to happen in Glastonbury.
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A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Police said: “A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Glastonbury overnight.
“Officers were called to an address on Chilkwell Street at 11.43pm by the ambulance service after receiving a report a man had been stabbed.
“They found a man inside the address with serious injuries and immediately began to provide first aid. An air ambulance arrived a short time later but tragically, the man died at the scene.”
The air ambulance was heard by people in the surrounding area. “A lot of people were saying they could not sleep last night because of the noise and we were worried,” said one resident. “We could hear it doing the rounds at around about midnight.”
Many have reacted with shock and surprise following the events: “It’s so surreal,” says Adam Alecsander of the King William Inn on Market Place in Glastonbury, “you do not think you’d wake up in a small town like this and this sort of thing would happen.
“I’m from Glastonbury myself, and I’m pretty sure I do not know anybody that lives up on Chilkwell, but I’m still just praying that it’s not somebody I know.”
The general local reaction is that of astonishment that something like this could happen in Glastonbury, a small Somerset town with a population of under 9,000 people.
“I’ve been here for about 40 years, my mother lives on Chilkwell and I know people that live there,” says Rachel Reilly of Facets of Avalon on The Archers Way in Glastonbury, “it’s so, so surprising that something like this has happened here.
“I had someone come in at around 9am this morning and the first thing they asked me was whether I’d heard about what happened,” says another Glastonbury local in a Benedict Street barber shop, “it’s mad – just absolutely shocking.”
Pictures from the scene today (April 19) show police investigators still at the scene, with a road closure in place on the A361 Coursing Batch. The route is closed from Chilkwell Street to Ashwell Lane, according to traffic monitoring service INRIX.
The latest update says: “A361 Coursing Batch in both directions closed due to police incident from Chilkwell Street to Ashwell Lane. Traffic is coping well. Following on from an incident last night, the road is likely to remain closed all day.”
According to the latest update, Chief Inspector Andrew Pritchard said: “We fully understand how shocking this will be for the local community and we’d like to reassure them a thorough investigation is already being carried out, led by detectives from our Major Crime Investigation Team.
We are working hard to establish the full circumstances which led to the tragic death of a man and while our inquiry is at a very early stage, we are confident this is an isolated incident.
“Efforts to confirm his identity and locate his next of kin are ongoing as we look to inform them of his death as soon as we can.”
He added: “A forensic tent is currently in place outside the property while specialist crime scene investigators examine the area.”
A diversion is in place while the road is closed. Traffic wanting to reach either side of the police cordon are advised to follow the following routes:
If traveling from Pilton or Millfield School – Wellhouse Lane – Stone Down Lane – Maiden Croft Lane – Wick Hollow – Bove Town.
If coming up Wells Road or already following the A361 en route to Shepton Mallet should turn onto Bove Town – Wick Hollow – Maiden Croft Lane – Stone Down Lane – Wellhouse Lane.
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