Man stabbed to death outside Cornwall nightclub named as rugby player

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    A man who was stabbed to death near a nightclub has been named as rugby player Michael Allen.

    The tragic victim, who was 32, who was killed near Eclipse nightclub in Bodmin, Cornwall, had been with others at a nearby venue during Saturday evening (April 29).

    At least seven other people were reportedly injured and taken to hospital, all with non life-threatening injuries.

    Michael was described as a "kind, fun-loving man" by devastated pals.

    Alex Rhodes wrote online: "What a horrible, cruel world we live in. Michael, love you always cuz.."

    Sam Perrin posted on Facebook: "Absolutely devastated and heartbroken.

    "All the laughs, adventures and impossible sideways BMW moments we’ve had through the years. Love you so much mate."

    The rugby player, who was known as Mike, made "everyone laugh".

    One tribute read: "Gentle giant you were an amazing and loving guy. you never said a bad word about anyone RIP Big Mike."

    Another said: "Rip Mike one of the nicest guys around can’t believe it so sorry to all his friends and family gutted rest easy Mike xx."

    Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police had been called to the area of Victoria Square off Castle Canyke Road at around 3.15am on Sunday morning following reports of a serious altercation.

    Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that a 24-year-old man from Bodmin was arrested on suspicion of murder as well as attempted murder and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. He remains in police custody.

    DI Ilona Rosson, from the major crime investigation team, said: “Following an incident in Bodmin last night, a man in his 30s has been confirmed deceased and officers are supporting his next of kin.

    “At this time we are treating this as an isolated matter and we are not seeking anyone else in connection to this incident.

    “This is a live and active police investigation, and I would urge people not to speculate on social media but if you have information which may assist us, please report it.”

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