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Man killed in Bush Avenue, Ramsgate, after reported machete attack

By KentOnline reporter

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was allegedly killed in a knife attack.

Police were called to Bush Avenue in Ramsgate at 5pm yesterday to reports a man had collapsed.

The victim, 40-year-old Michael Ward - also known as Archie - had suffered a stab wound to his thigh.

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The victim has been named locally as Archie Ward

The victim has been named locally as Archie Ward

Mr Ward, who worked for a local scaffolding company, died at the scene.

He had reportedly driven to Bush Avenue after suffering a the stab wound during an earlier "altercation" in St John’s Crescent.

A knife believed to have been used in the incident has been seized by officers.

Football shirts and floral tributes were left outside a house

Football shirts and floral tributes were left outside a house

It was reported locally that the alleged attack happened at a barbecue.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody. He and the victim knew each other.

Emergency services swooped on the scene at the height of the incident.

Emergency services at the scene

Emergency services at the scene

Two helicopters, including the air ambulance, were sent, landing at nearby Newington school, as well as five police patrol cars and three land ambulances.

The area around Bush Avenue and St John's Avenue was cordoned off by police.

The investigation is being handled by detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate and inquiries are ongoing.

VIDEO: Police at the scene in Bush Avenue

Tributes have been paid on social media to Mr Ward, who was described as a "top bloke".

Police remained at the scene today as investigations continued and a tarpaulin was raised outside the semi-detached home.

Manchester United shirts were laid on the pavement as well as floral tributes to "Our Arch".

The scene of the incident in Ramsgate

The scene of the incident in Ramsgate

Tarpaulin was put up outside the house in Bush Avenue

Tarpaulin was put up outside the house in Bush Avenue

Detectives want anyone who witnessed the incident to call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 18-1031, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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