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Paul Averill murder in Ilkeston 'not linked' to armed robbery on same street

Paul Averill Image copyright Derbyshire Police
Image caption Paul Averill was found dead in a flat in Ilkeston in the early hours of Thursday.

A suspected murder and an armed robbery on the same street are not being linked, police have said.

A 23-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of killing Paul Averill in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, in the early hours of Thursday, remains in custody.

Mr Averill was found dead in a flat on Charlotte Street alongside a man who is in a serious but stable condition after suffering suspected stab wounds.

Police had been called to reports of an armed robbery on a One Stop shop.

Two men in black clothes and balaclavas entered the shop and threatened two female members of staff with what appeared to be a handgun in what police have called a "terrifying ordeal".

Image caption Police said two shop workers were put through a "terrifying ordeal" during the armed robbery at One Stop

They stole a "large amount" of cash, tied up the shop workers and fled through a rear door on to Grass Street.

Police said they want to speak to a man who was picked up outside the shop in a white van shortly before the robbery.

Soon after, police received calls to say two men had been stabbed at a home in the same street.

Friends of Mr Averill, 30, paid tribute to him on Thursday, telling BBC East Midlands Today he had a young daughter and worked at E.On in Nottingham.

Supt Gary Parkin said: "Although both of these incidents were reported at around the same time and in the same street, we do not believe they are linked in any way.

"Individual investigations are now being carried out into the two incidents and I would urge anyone with information to call us."

Image caption Charlotte Street was re-opened on Friday

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