Family's tribute to 'excellent father' who was stabbed at his Charfield home
THE family of a man who died after being stabbed at his home have spoke of their "deep sadness" at his loss.
Marcus Dunkerton, who was 40, died from a stab wound at his home in Thames Close, Charfield, on Friday evening.
A 46-year-old man, Grant Bradley, of Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, has appeared in court charged with his murder.
A tribute from Mr Dunkerton's family has been issued via Avon & Somerset police, who are appealing for information to help their investigation.
His partner, parents and other family members said: "No words will ever be able to express the deep sadness and loss that we feel as a family.
"Marcus was a much-loved son, brother, partner, father, step-father, uncle and son-in-law who was very much loved by us all.
"He was an excellent father. We are heartbroken. He will leave a huge hole in our lives and will be greatly missed. We ask that people respect our privacy at what continues to be a very difficult time for ourselves and all those who knew Marcus."
Police say Mr Dunkerton was found injured at home after being "stabbed several times".
Although ambulance crews were called, he could not be saved.
Bradley appeared before Bristol Magistrates' Court today, charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
He was remanded in custody.
The police investigation continues, and anyone with information or footage which could help, who has not yet spoken to officers, is urged to contact the Major Crime Investigation Team on 101, quoting the crime reference number 5222 150 363.
They particularly want to hear from anyone who was in the Railway Tavern in Wotton Road, Charfield, between 9pm and 11pm on June 24 or has video footage form the night which they think could help.
The murder inquiry is being led by Detective Chief Inspector Phil Walker of the Avon and Somerset police Major Crime Investigation Team.
He said: "Our hearts go out to Marcus's family as they face such a devastating loss. They are being supported by specially-trained officers and have asked for privacy in their grief."