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Two men have appeared in court in Plymouth charged with the murder of a local builder in the early hours of New Year's Day.
21 year old Ryan Williams and 20 year old Donald Pemberton, who are both from the St. Budeaux area of Plymouth, are jointly charged with the murder of Tanis Bhandari at Tamerton Foliot.
They face two further charges relating to possession in a public place of an axe, and to the possession, without authority, in a public place, of a bladed article, a knife.
They were remanded in custody to Exeter Crown Court in two days time to plead guilty or not guilty and to start arrangements for their trial.
The man they're accused of killing was 27 year old Tanis Bhandari who worked for a local building company. Police said the attack, in which four other people were also injured, was entirely random and unprovoked. One person is still in hospital where their condition is described as critical, but stable. Another who was admitted with stab wounds has now been released.
Two men from Plymouth will appear in court this morning charged with murder following an alleged axe attack outside a pub on New Year's Day.
Both men were charged with murder at 11pm on Saturday. They have also been charged with possession of an axe and a knife in a public place.
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Two men have been charged with the murder of 27 year old Tanis Bhandari in Tamerton Foliot on New Year's Day. Four other people were injured in the alleged attack outside a pub.
Police continue to gather evidence in the village. A number of knives have been found along with an axe.
Speaking this morning in Plymouth Detective Inspector Gregg Dawe told ITV News there could be further charges in the future:
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Two men from Plymouth have been charged with the murder after an alleged axe attack outside a pub on New Year's Day.
27 year old Tanis Bhandari died after the attack in Tamerton Foliot, while found others were injured. One person remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
At 11pm on Saturday police charged two men with Mr Bhandari's murder. 21 year old Ryan Williams of Landulph Gardens, St.Budeaux and 20 year old Donald Pemberton of Haydon Grove, St Budeaux have also been charged with possession of an axe and a knife in a public place.
They'll appear before Plymouth Magistrates tomorrow.
An axe and knives have been recovered and searches are continuing in the Milford Lane area for any further knives that may have been used.
Police are continuing to question two men arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was allegedly attacked with an axe and a knife near Plymouth.
Dozens of bunches of flowers have been laid outside the pub where it happened, in the village of Tamerton Foliot. Another man is seriously injured in hospital.
Paul Butler who runs the local shop says the community is shocked:
Police are checking drains near the scene of an axe attack in Plymouth. 27 year old Tanis Bhandari was killed as he left the Kings Arms in Tamerton Foliot on New Year's Day.
An axe was found in the area. Officers are continuing to search for what could be a large kitchen knife, also used in the attack.