Blenheim nightclub-bar stabbings: At least one dead, police homicide inquiry under way

At least one person has been killed following multiple stabbings in a Blenheim bar overnight.

Police rushed to the scene at Club Envy on Market St just after 3am, and confirmed a homicide inquiry is under way.

One person has died and at least two others are seriously injured.

A man who was in the nightclub said members of a gang had been initimidating and eyeballing people in the lead-up to the stabbings.

Police are also in attendance at a nearby McDonalds and a third address.

“Police were called to a disorder incident on Market St at about 2:55am, one person died at the scene,” Marlborough Area Commander Inspector Simon Feltham said.

“Two people were also seriously injured and taken to hospital where they remain in a serious condition.

“Police are speaking to several people in relation to this incident and an investigation is under way.”

A person who had been at the bar told the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB: “It’s not the normal thing that happens on a night out in Blenheim.

“There was a large presence of motorcycle gang members… I heard they were Rebels.

“I left there about 2.55am and they were closing up, I’m not really sure what happened but heard a scuffle broke out and knives came out and people got stabbed.

“One of them died… and they got chased all over town by police… yeah, it was a crazy morning in Blenheim.”

The witness said the nightclub was “usually fine” and there was not much of a gang presence in Blenheim.

He said it was “shocking”.

He had been back to the scene after the incident and saw people on stretchers, a police tent and emergency services.

“It was a very bit shock… the Armed Offenders Squad ended up being called… it was all on,” he said.

“It’s a bit rough, I’m not used to anything like this happening.”

Feltham said police were conducting a number of scene examinations today.

“The scenes remain cordoned off and there will be a police presence in the area as we work to understand the circumstances of these incidents and ensure the community’s safety,” he said.

“Anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything that could assist is asked to get in touch. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have footage of the incidents.”

If you can help, phone police on the 105 non-emergency line and quote job number P046918039. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously by phoning CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

Feltham said further information will be released when it becomes available.

More to come

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