ARMED police stopped a car in the centre of Bradford on Avon last night and arrested a man and a woman in connect with an allegation of murder in Bath.

The couple were said to be driving out of Bradford on Avon along the Frome Road at about 6.10pm when they were blocked by three police vehicles.

The incident happened between the bridge over the Kennet & Avon Canal and The Barge Inn public house.

Officers from Avon & Somerset Police were involved in the incident which shocked passersby and other drivers.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson today confirmed the arrests and said that enquiries into the death of a man in Bath last night are continuing. A second man was arrested in Bath.

In a statement, the police said: “The 27-year-old man and two other people were assaulted at about 4.30pm in the Sedgemoor Road area of Bath. He died shortly afterwards. The two other people – a man and a woman – received minor injuries. 

“The death of the man is being treated as a murder investigation. A post mortem is to be held to determine the cause of death. 

“Three people – two men and a woman – have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody. Police cordons will remain in place for a number of days as the investigation continues. 

“Police officers and police community support officers will be providing reassurance patrols in the area and also taking information from members of the public.

The arrest of the couple in the car was witnessed by 18-year-old student Mille Vanstone, who was travelling with her father Neal two cars behind the vehicle.

She said the male and female occupants were ordered out of the car and the woman got out but the man refused to leave the vehicle.

Millie said: “It was all a bit mental. The car was stopped by the police as it got to the bridge over the canal.

“There were about three police cars there. They all got out and were shouting at the couple to get out of the car.

“The woman got out straight away but the then the car rolled forward a little bit and hit the police car.

“They were shouting at the man to get out and then he opened the door and the police stood back.

“They were all armed and one of the police looked as if he was holding a taser. The man then got out of the car after a while with what looked to be a weapon and started to run but the police caught him.”

Mille and her father have only just moved to Wingfield and were going out for a drink when the incident occurred.

They have moved to Wingfield from the Derbyshire plague village at Eyam, near Bakewell, to be close to Neal’s employment with Herman Miller in Chippenham.

Millie added: “We were a bit shocked at first because we did not know what was happening. Eventually, we had to turn around and go the other way.

“When we came back that way later on, the police vehicles and the car were still there but we were able to get through.”