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Grandmother pays tribute to Liskeard stab victim: Damien 'didn't deserve to have his life ended before it had started'

Elaine Bendelow has paid tribute to her grandson Damien who died after being stabbed in Liskeard. Credit: Elaine Bendelow

The grandmother of a young stabbing victim in Cornwall has paid him tribute saying he "didn't deserve to have his life ended before it had even started".

Damien Bendelow died early on Sunday morning, 26 January 2020, after being stabbed near a car park in Liskeard. His grandmother Elaine Bendelow left a heartfelt message on Facebook.

RIP to my beautiful grandson Damien Bendelow who was stabbed and killed in Liskeard last night. He was such a lovely cheerful lad who didn't deserve to have his life ended before it had even started...

– Elaine Bendelow, Grandmother

Police were called to the Cattle Market Car Park in Liskeard just before 1am on Sunday 26 January following reports of a serious assault.

Police guarding the scene where the stabbing took place. Credit: ITV West Country

They found Damien Bendelow suffering from multiple stab wounds. He was taken to Derriford hospital but was pronounced dead.

A 45-year-old man from Liskeard was arrested on Sunday afternoon on suspicion of murder. The weapon has not been found.

Police issued the following statement on Sunday after making the arrest.

We have, this afternoon, arrested a man on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in the early hours of this morning.

I’m keen to provide reassurance that this is being treated as an isolated incident.

This investigation remains in its early stages and I would ask that you avoid speculation whilst enquires are carried out.

Officers will remain visible in the City Centre area over the coming hours whilst further enquiries are carried out.

– Inspector Steve Hambly, Senior Investigating Officer, Devon & Cornwall Police

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 265 26/1/20.

A fundraising site has been set up for the family in memory of Damien.

Damien Bendelow died after being stabbed near the Cattle Market car park in Liskeard early on Sunday. Credit: Facebook