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Stabbing incident Gardai arrest two men in connection with death of Carlisle man Ryan Kirkpatrick (24)

'We believe there are still people out there who can help who have yet to make themselves known'

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Carlisle man Ryan Kirkpatrick

Carlisle man Ryan Kirkpatrick

Carlisle man Ryan Kirkpatrick

Gardai have confirmed that they have arrested two men in the Republic of Ireland in connection with the death of Carlisle man Ryan Kirkpatrick. 

The 24-year-old died at the scene of the attack in Carlyle's Court in the city centre after being stabbed.

The men, both from the north Cumbria area, were arrested as part of the ongoing investigation that was launched following the death of Mr Kirkpatrick on September 18.

Detective Chief Superintendent Dean Holden said: “This is a significant development in our investigation.

“In order for us not to compromise legal proceedings the names of those arrested will not be released at this time – and we would urge the public not to speculate on social media.

“We continue to encourage anyone with information regarding the death of Mr Kirkpatrick to come forward.

“We believe there are still people out there who can help who have yet to make themselves known.”

Gardaí said they had arrested two men “who are subject to a UK TCA (Trade and Cooperation Agreement) Warrant, on Tuesday, September 28”.

The TCA agreement was reached between the 27 EU Member States and the UK on extradition which replaces part of the European Arrest Warrant following Brexit.

“Both men appeared before the High Court this morning, Wednesday 29th September 2021,” gardai added.

In a statement, his family said Mr Kirkpatrick, from Carlisle, was "beautiful, kind and caring".

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It added: "Funny, strong, loving and charming, your cheeky smile will be imprinted in our hearts forever. Cherished memories remembered until we can hold you again."

They described Mr Kirkpatrick as a "loving son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend" as well as the "owner of his much-loved sausage dog Frank".

Cumbria Police described his death as "a shocking and tragic incident".

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