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24 September 2012, 07:57
Four people have been arrested after a man thought to have died when his van crashed into bollards near York was later found to have been stabbed.
North Yorkshire Police launched a murder inquiry after officers investigating the crash in Easingwold made the discovery.
A spokesman said the 36-year-old, from Luton, Bedfordshire, was initially believed to have died as the result of the collision when his van hit two bollards in Long Street, Easingwold, in the early hours of Sunday.
But a day of police investigations revealed that the man, who has not been named, died as a result of stab wounds.
The spokesman said a 26-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of murder.
He said three other local people - a 20-year-old woman and two men aged 21 and 25 - were also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.
Earlier, Detective Chief Inspector Heather Pearson said:
"I would like to speak to anyone who has any information that can help the investigation to come forward as soon as possible.
If you saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of Sunday morning you may have information which is vital to our inquiries.
I can assure people who may be hesitant about coming forward that any information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.''