Police arrest man, 27, on suspicion of murder as detectives link deaths of three men in their 80s in Devon


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.

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.

The first discovery was made at a house near St David’s Railway Station in Exeter – a busy road which runs north from the town centre to the station, parallel to the River Exe.

A day later – and around two miles away on Cowick Lane where some houses sell for more than £1million – the second discovery was made by police officers.  

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

Superintendent Matt Lawler, the force’s local policing commander for Exeter, East and Mid Devon, said: “I know that this news will cause significant and understandable concern and is an unprecedented event in our city which has shocked us all.


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