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Man charged after 'machete attack' in Gloucester

The police cordon around the scene of the assault in Tuffley, Gloucester Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with the murder of 19-year-old Zac Evans in Gloucester on Saturday 24 January.

44-year-old Ewen Reynolds from Foley Close, Tuffley in Gloucester is due before magistrates tomorrow (Wednesday 27 January) charged with Zac's murder and the attempted murder of another man during the same incident.

Zac Evans was killed after being stabbed with a machete in Tuffley on Saturday Credit: Family

Zac died following the incident outside The Pike and Musket pub in Windsor Drive, Tuffley, Gloucester, shortly before 12.40am on Saturday 24 January.

Although a man has now been charged the investigation is still in its early stages and I continue to appeal to anyone with information to call Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident 12 of 24 January.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Porter, Gloucestershire Police

Second arrest made over Gloucester assault

A second man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault in King's Walk in Gloucester on 10 January.

A man was punched in the face and fell to the ground, losing consciousness. He had serious facial injuries and a head wound.

A 28-year-old man from Stroud is now in custody following his arrest on suspicion of assault.

Earlier Gloucestershire Police arrested a 25-year-old man, also from Stroud, on suspicion of assault.

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Family describe machete victim as a brave, kind young man

Zac Evans died after a suspected machete attack in Gloucester

The family of Zac Evans have described him as a brave and kind young man. In a statement released this afternoon they said:

"Zacary was born at 15.58 on 31st August 1995. He was a happy chap and from the start we knew he would make something of his life. Even at a young age he knew exactly what he wanted and made it happen.

As he grew older, Zac and his twin brother Nathan were the best of friends and constantly gave us endless laughter, fun and immense pride. Zac was always very creative and took immense pride in taking things apart and putting them back together.

He was also a gifted musician, he couldn't read a note, but was able to learn by watching somebody else. Within a few weeks, he would master playing a tune on the piano or a rhythm on his drums. Being talented came easy to him, but Zac was very unassuming about his skills.

As the years rolled on, Zac used his talents to learn painting and decorating and set up his own business. He always made sure his work was perfect and that his clients were entirely happy with his work. He would often work over his normal hours to finish off a room to perfection.

Zac would always go out of his was way to make someone feel happy. He was very proud and close to his family, friends and girlfriend Beth, and would step in to help anyone if they were in trouble. He was one of the bravest, kindest young people, I have ever had the privilege to meet. The fact he was our son, was an added bonus. Zac was a truly wonderful son, grandson, boyfriend and friend."

Prayers said for machete victim's family and friends

Prayers will be said for Zac Evans' family and friends in church services across the region this morning.

The Diocese of Gloucester has told us that the 19 year old will be remembered at services at St Georges in Tuffley and at Gloucester Cathedral.

Zac died after a suspected machete attack outside a Gloucester pub on Friday night. Two others were injured in the attack. One man has been arrested.

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Police confirm man arrested on suspicion of murder

Police in Gloucester have held a press conference this evening confirming that they have arrested a man on suspicion of murder after an alleged machete attack outside a pub. 19 year old Zac Evans died in the attack, which also left two others injured.

DCI Steve Porter says looking for a machete with a two foot blade:

Friends pay tribute to machete victim

A man has been arrested after a teenager was killed in a suspected machete attack outside a pub in Gloucester.

19-year-old Zac Evans has been named locally following the incident outside the Pike and Musket Pub in Tuffley in the early hours of this morning.

An 18 year old also sustained minor injures. His family and friends have been paying tribute, including this friend Harry Lauder:

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Mother of teen killed in machete attack lays flowers at the scene

The distraught mother of Zac Evans, who died after a machete attack in Gloucester, was comforted by friends and family after she laid flowers outside the pub where he died.

Sylvia Evans left message which read: "I can't believe you've been taken from us."

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