Wiltshire

Swindon murder inquiry after man stabbed

The crime scene
Image caption Detectives are still trying to confirm the dead man's identity and trace his next of kin

A murder investigation has started after the death of a man in Swindon in the early hours.

The man, aged about 40, was found lying in the street with stab wounds when police were called to Barnum Court, in the Rodbourne area, at 01:30 BST.

Officers gave the man first aid until an ambulance arrived to take him to Great Western Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 02:20 BST.

Two 18-year-old youths were arrested near the scene.

Police said they were taken to separate police stations in Swindon and Wiltshire.

'Running away'

Detectives are still trying to confirm the dead man's identity and trace his next of kin.

A post-mortem examination will take place later.

Manton Street and Thomas Street have been closed while a forensic examination of the scene takes place. Uniformed officers will remain on the cordons until this is completed.

Officers have been speaking to witnesses and residents in the area and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Det Insp Matt Davey said: "We would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything between 01:00 and 01:45 in the area of Barnum Court, Swindon.

"If you heard anything or saw someone running away from the scene at that time, you may have vital information that would assist us with this murder investigation."

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