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Armed cops were deployed as man in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after being found some 40 miles from the crime scene.
Witness reports state numerous people were stabbed just after 10pm near The Railway Inn on Albert Road, reports Plymouth Live.
Police confirmed they attended a “serious incident at the scene and found four people with serious injuries.
The exact nature of the incident remains unclear and all four victims were taken to Derriford Hospital
In a Facebook video, resident Winston Churchslope said: “Looks like there has been quite a few stabbings.
Pictures show part of the road cordoned off and numerous police vehicles on the scene.
Another resident added “I live on Albert Road and drove home to find it closed but explained I lived here.
“I was told to go in and lock doors. Multiple police cars and emergency services including a helicopter and armed police.”
Cops said the suspect had fled the scene and police later raided an address in Beacon Park.
They did not find the suspect, but then cops then stopped a vehicle 40 miles away on the outskirts on Exeter and arrested the man.
Cops are desperately urging anyone with information on the incident to come forward and contact them.
In a statement, Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called just after 10pm on Saturday night following a serious incident having occurred near the Railway Inn on Albert Road in the Stoke area of Plymouth.
“Police units attended and found four people having sustained serious but not life threatening injuries; all have since been taken to Derriford hospital for treatment.
“Follow up enquiries meant that armed offices attended an address in the Beacon Park area of Plymouth in an attempt to locate the suspect; he was no at the address.
“Further enquiries and proactive police work led to officers stopping a vehicle near Ide on the outskirts of Exeter in which a man in his 50s was apprehended.”
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