Arrest made after New Zealander killed in London

Police have confirmed that a man has handed himself in after the death of New Zealander Steve Andrews in London at the weekend.

 
 

Steve Andrews

POLICE have confirmed that a man has handed himself in after the death of New Zealander Steve Andrews in London at the weekend.

Police said a 28-year-old walked into a police station in Exeter, where he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He was being interviewed, but was yet to be charged.

Mr Andrews, who was 46, was a main figure in Wellington’s early punk scene, but had been living in London for about 10 years.

It was thought he was celebrating his girlfriend’s birthday on Saturday night in Putney.

Police had been called to a fight near the Duke’s Head pub on Lower Richmond Rd.

Andrews was taken to a south London hospital with serious head injuries, and he died on Sunday.

He had been working as a postman, and was set to return to New Zealand for a reunion tour with his Wellington band Van Deferens.

Friend Howard Levarko described Andrews as a “diamond geezer”.

“I can’t picture a world without Steve Andrews. He was a character. He was just a legend,” Fairfax NZ reported.

He said Andrews was friends with everyone.

“Everybody loved Steve. He would walk up to a complete stranger and talk to them. He was known by a hell of a lot of people.

“It’s hitting us pretty bloody badly.”

Childhood friend Drew Aitchison said Andrews was not violent, and friends were “gobsmacked” by his death.

“He wouldn’t hurt a fly.”

Friends were “gobsmacked” by news of his death.

Tom Larkin, from Shihad, wrote on Andrew’s Facebook page: “I’ll never forget you jumping on our table at midnight espresso at 4 in the afternoon and screaming a song to me and Sarah Stewart, freaking the shit out of every uni student in the whole place – I will miss you bud. RIP x.”

IMAGE: Steve Andrews pictured with Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols

 
 

 
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