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Man arrested on suspicion of murder after bodies of three men in their 80s found in Exeter

  • Video report by ITV News correspondent Rupert Evelyn

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of three men in their 80s were found in two properties in Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The deaths of the three men, one aged 80 and two aged 84, are being treated as suspicious and are being formally linked, the force spokesman said.

In a press conference police said it was "the levels of violence" used that made them link the deaths of the three men.

The body of an 80-year-old man was found at an address in Bonhay Road at around 3pm on Monday and the bodies of the two 84-year-old men were found after officers were called to a property in Cowick Lane at 1pm on Tuesday.

Police arrested the 27-year-old man on Tuesday and he remains in police custody.

Forensic officers outside an address in Bonhay Road, Exeter, where the body of a man aged 80 was Monday afternoon. Credit: PA

Superintendent Matt Lawler, the Local Policing Commander for Exeter, East and Mid Devon said: “While a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to these incidents, we must keep an open mind and avoid speculation as we are still in the very early stages of what is already a complex investigation.

“We have therefore issued an appeal for information from the public and for any potential witnesses who were in either area during specific times. It is vital that anyone who has any information shares with us it as soon as possible.”

Anyone who was in the area of Bonhay road and Cowick Lane between 8am on Sunday 10 February and 1pm on Tuesday 12 February and may have seen anything relevant are asked to get in touch with police.

Floral tributes outside an address in Cowick Lane, Exeter, where the bodies of two men, aged 84, were discovered Tuesday lunchtime. Credit: PA