12 Dec 2012

Man arrested over NZer's death

11:49 pm on 12 December 2012

A man has been arrested in Britain over the death of former New Zealand punk rock singer Steve Andrews.

Mr Andrews was assaulted outside a pub at Putney, in London, on 9 December and died later of his injuries.

The accused handed himself in to a police station in Exeter, about 320km from the scene of the assault.

Wandsworth Guardian reporter Jamie Henderson says the man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mr Henderson told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme all that is known so far is that there was a fight outside the Duke's Head pub, though it's not clear how many people were involved.

"All we do know is that ambulances were called just after 12.30am and drinkers said they had no idea really what was going on outside."

Mr Andrews grew up in Wellington and was the frontman of the punk band Vas Deferens, which was prominent in the Wellington music scene during the 1990s.