Tributes have been paid to 19-year-old Barnaby Webber, an ex-Taunton School student, after he was fatally stabbed in an attack in Nottingham.

In a statement the Webber family said they were enormously proud of their son and devastated by his 'senseless murder':

"Complete devastation is not enough to describe our pain and loss at the senseless murder of our son. At 19 he was just at the start of his journey into adulthood and was developing into a wonderful young man.

"As parents we are enormously proud of everything he achieved and all the plans he had made. His brother is bereft beyond belief, and at this time we ask for privacy as a family to be allowed time to process and grieve."

Barnaby was a keen amateur cricketer, who joined the Bishops Hull Cricket Club in 2021. In a statement released on Twitter the club said Barnaby, nicknamed 'Webbs', had made a big impact in his time playing for the club, and that his memory would live on:

"Webbs joined the club back in 2021 and has since then been a key part of our club and made such an impact in such a short space of time. Playing more than 30 games for the club, scoring 622 runs, and taking 29 wickets, his memory will live on."

Taunton Town Football Club and Somerset County Cricket Club shared their condolences on social media, sending their best wishes to Barnaby's family and friends.

Taunton School said Barnaby was a much-loved, kind and engaging character, and described the news as heartbreaking:

"The Taunton School community is heartbroken by the recent, tragic, news about Barnaby Webber. Barnaby joined us in the Nursery and studied here all the way through to the end of the Sixth Form, leaving just last year.

"In his long association with the school, he touched the lives of many staff, pupils and parents and his loss will be very difficult to come to terms with.

"He was a much-loved, kind and engaging character. That a young man of such promise should lose his life in these circumstances is utterly devastating.

"We send our deepest condolences to his family. We continue to do all we can to support them and all in our community affected by these events.

"When the time comes, we will find a fitting way in which to remember Barnaby and his special contribution to our school.

"In the meantime we ask for respect for the privacy of Barnaby's family and send our condolences to the families and friends of all the victims in this awful attack."

Barnaby was a student at the University of Nottingham, and was walking on Ilkeston Road at 4am when he was tragically killed, along with fellow student Grace Kumar.

A third man in his 50s was killed on separate road in an incident which police have said is connected.

Nottinghamshire Police have arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of murder, and he remains in police custody. In a statement Chief Constable Kate Meynell said: "My thoughts are with all the families affected by this horrific incident, and we are working extremely hard to understand exactly what has happened.

"I can tell you that a 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

"We are keeping an ‘open mind’ and are working alongside Counter Terrorism Policing to establish the facts – as we would normally do in these types of circumstances. 

"The families of all of the victims have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers."