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Man charged with murder after snowball fight stabbing

Police examine gardens near where the stabbing took place
Police examine gardens near where the stabbing took place

A 19-year-old man has been charged with murder after a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death following a snowball fight in Denbighshire, police said.

Anthony Finbar Burke was injured in the abdomen by a kitchen knife near his home in Clos-y-Berllan in Rhuddlan at around 2230 GMT on Wednesday.

North Wales Police said he died later in Glan Clwyd hospital at Bodelwyddan.

Oliver Michael Taylor is charged with murder and remains in custody until he appears at magistrates on Boxing Day.

North Wales Central Coroner John Hughes opened an inquest into Mr Burke's death.

He was told that Mr Burke, who lived in Clos-y-Berllan, had been attacked with a kitchen knife. He died later in hospital.

A post mortem examination by Home Office pathologist Dr Brian Rogers found he died from shock and haemorrhage from a stab wound to the abdomen.

The inquest was adjourned.

Part of Clos-y-Berllan was cordoned off as about half a dozen police officers carried out detailed searches in gardens close to the scene of the stabbing.

Any witnesses are asked to contact North Wales Police on 0845 6071001 (Welsh language), 0845 6071002 (English) or Crimestoppers Cymru Wales on 0800 555111.

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