Tributes have been paid to the elderly murder victim in Kingsteington.
Police received a 999 call at 9.20pm on Sunday, June 9, following reports that a 73-year-old man had received multiple stab wounds at a property on Chockland Road, Kingsteignton.
The man, who has been described as a “lovely bloke” by his neighbours, sadly died later the same evening in hospital.
The major investigation was launched following the murder and police are currently investigating if there is a link between the elderly man’s stabbing and the discovery of another man’s body, which was found in a car at Labrador Bay near Shaldon on Monday morning.
It is understood the man was recently retired and lived with his wife in the quiet cul-de-sac where he was stabbed to death.
One neighbour said: “This is a close-knit community and I can’t understand why this has happened.
“He had not long retired, he was not the sort of person who would have enemies and it is just so, so tragic. We don’t know the details about what happened and the police have told us nothing.
“I believed he worked in the building trade, the same as I did, and he was just an all round nice guy. All we know is there was a fracas. We did not know anything was going on until we heard the helicopter overhead.”
Another neighbour said: “He was just a lovely, lovely bloke and a really good neighbour. It is a terrible, terrible thing that has happened. We are all in deep shock.
“I knew him and his wife very well. We are all friends around here and it is just devastating. That’s all I have to say.”
What we know about the investigation
A major policing response was been launched following the murder of a 73-year-old man in South Devon last night.
Police were called at 9.20pm on Sunday 9 June following reports that a man had received multiple stab wounds at a property on Chockland Road, Kingsteignton.
The victim was taken to Torbay hospital where he was later pronounced deceased; his next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist liaison officers.
Late this morning, Monday, June 10, a body of a man was discovered in a car, near Labrador Bay, Shaldon.
It is suspected at this time that the man died by suicide.
Detective Superintendent Mike West, head of major crime and serious and organised crime said: “We have launched a major investigation following last night’s murder.
“Late this morning we were also made aware of a body of a man found deceased within a car near Labrador Bay, Shaldon. This death is not currently being treated as suspicious and we are responding to the incident as a suspected suicide.
“The police are currently investigating the link between this and the incident in Chockland Road, Kingsteignton.
“At this time we are appealing for witnesses and we would like to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Chockland Road between midday Sunday 9 June and midnight.
“We are also keen to hear from anyone who was in the vicinity of Labrador Bay in Shaldon and saw a Blue Skoda Fabia between midday Sunday 9 June and 11am today, Monday 10 June.”
Anyone with any details that could assist police with their investigation is asked to call 101 or email [email protected] quoting log number 836 9 June.
Superintendent for South Devon, Jeremy Capey added: “Understandably, this incident will cause much concern and upset amongst our local community. Our thoughts go out to the victim’s family during this time and we will continue to support them, providing as much assistance as we can.
“A number of police officers and specialist resources will remain visible at the scene and around the wider Kingsteignton area as officers continue to investigate this heinous crime.”
What neighbours say
Neighbours have spoken of their shock after an elderly man was stabbed to death outside his home on Sunday night.
Residents in the area were told by police at the time to keep their windows and doors locked, and some say it has left them feeling ‘frightened’.
Wendy Roberts, who lives on Exeter Road said she saw a lot of blue lights and armed police.
She said: “My house backs on to the house where the incident took place as it was right at the back of our garden.
“You never expect anything like that around here, it’s very quiet at that time of night as everyone is in watching TV.
“We didn’t like to look because at first because we thought it was someone who was ill, then we saw the police van. I do know some of the people who live down there but not at the house where police were coming and going.
“The worrying thing is that no one has been arrested. When I went out this morning I told my daughter to keep all the doors locked and not to answer the door.
“We could see the helicopter which we would see from the bedroom window they were circling as far as Bovey Tracy.
“It’s strange no one saw anything, no one knows anything. Last night there were lots of people out in their dressing gowns and a young lad was really distressed, they were all my daughter’s age.”
Martin Alford who also lives on Exeter Road said he heard a woman outside screaming after the incident took place.
He added: “We were awake and we saw all the blue lights, then a big police Range Rover pulled up outside, armed police got out with their guns and a police officer came and knocked on our door and asked if we had seen or heard anything.
“It’s all a bit close to home, you don’t expect it to happen in Kingsteignton, it’s less than 200 yards away from our house.”
In Freestone Road one neighbour said they heard the helicopter but didn’t see anything.
They said: “It’s a bit frightening because it’s literally just over the hedge. Everybody keeps themselves to themselves on this street.”
Neighbours have also described the couple who lived in the house that is cordoned off as a ‘sweet couple who walk their two little white dogs’.
One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: “It happened just at pub closing time so it was pretty busy, there were crowds of onlookers gathering at 11pm, some of them were in their dressing gowns.”
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