- By Jonathan Morris & Alex Green
- BBC news
One man has died and several people have been stabbed in a street brawl near a nightclub in Bodmin, police confirmed.
Officers were called to town at 03:15 BST on Sunday, where the victim, in his 30s, died at the scene.
The victim’s family has been informed and is being supported by professional staff.
The force said they were called to Victoria Square, on Castle Canyke Road and near Eclipse Nightclub, to reports that someone was in possession of a knife and “many people have been suspected of having stab wounds”.
A spokesman said: “At least seven other men and women were injured and taken to hospital for treatment.
“At this time, no one is considered life-threatening.”
A 24-year-old man from Bodmin has been arrested on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and willful serious bodily harm. He is still in police custody.
Det Insp Ilona Rosson, from the major crime investigation team, said: “At this point we are treating this as an isolated matter and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident. .
“This is a direct and active police investigation and I urge people not to speculate on social media, but if you have information that could assist us, please report it.”
Supt Rob Youngman said: “This investigation is in its early stages and the public can expect to see a heightened police presence around Bodmin today while investigations are ongoing.
“It is understandable that this incident will have an impact on the local community and our thoughts are with the families of the victims.
“Cordons will remain in place today while police gather information and evidence from the scene.
“Anyone who has not been spoken to by police and has any information that may assist our investigation, please get in touch.
“This may include any dash cams, mobile/video and relevant CCTV footage from the Victoria Square area and along Castle Candyke Road.”
Cornwall councilor Leigh Frost said the attack, which happened in his ward, “shocked and devastated” the town.
He told BBC News: “Badmin is a small town and it’s not rife with crime, it’s a pretty friendly place.
“We are a strong community and we will work together and get through this together.
“My thoughts are with everyone involved, the victim and his family.
“I also commend the emergency services for responding so quickly and the police for making sure there is a full investigation.”
Bodmin Mayor Phil Cooper said the town council was “deeply saddened by this tragic incident”.
“We never expected this to happen in our town and I send my best wishes to the families of those affected,” he added.
“Badmin is a great community and we will support the victims and their families in any way we can.”