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Tributes paid to murdered punk 'legend' as Exeter man hands himself in

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: December 13, 2012

Police confirmed that a 28-year-old man, who has an Exeter address, walked into a police station in the city

A CITY man has handed himself in to police in connection with the murder of a punk rock singer in London.

Police confirmed that a 28-year-old man, who has an Exeter address, walked into a police station in the city, where he was arrested on suspicion of murdering Steve Andrews.

New Zealander Mr Andrews suffered serious head injuries in a fight just after midnight on Sunday, December 9, outside a pub in Putney – almost 200 miles away from Exeter. He was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital but died from his injuries just after 6pm the same day.

The 46-year-old was thought to be on a night out in Putney celebrating his girlfriend's birthday.

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Mr Andrews was the frontman of punk band Vas Deferens who formed in 1988 and were prominent in the New Zealand punk scene in the 1990s.

Police were yesterday interviewing the 28-year-old Exeter man and, at the time of going to press, he had not been charged.

Leading the investigation, DCI Matt Bonner told the Echo: "I can confirm that a man has been arrested in connection with an incident that took place in the early hours of Sunday morning resulting in the tragic death of the victim Steve Andrews."

Mr Andrews had been living in London for the last 15 years and had been working as a postman in Harlesden, north London. Tributes have flooded into social networking site Facebook.

Howard Levarko, bass player for Domino, another band on the Kiwi punk scene, described him as a "legend". He said: "I can't picture a world without Steve Andrews. He was a character. He was just a legend.

"Everybody loved Steve. He would walk up to a complete stranger and talk to them. He was known by a hell of a lot of people. It's hitting us pretty bloody badly. Everyone who knew Steve loved the guy, his infectious laugh, his infectious appetite for a pint, his legendary 21st birthday celebrations in Central Park, Brooklyn,Wellington." His family, in New Zealand, have been informed of his death.

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