Murder charge after man is fatally stabbed in Charfield
POLICE have charged a man with murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Charfield resident who was killed in his home.
Officers say Marcus Dunkerton, who was 40 and lived in Thames Close in the village, died after being "stabbed several times" on Friday night.
This afternoon they announced that they had charged Grant Bradley, of Blackwell Street in Kidderminster, with Mr Dunkerton's murder.
Bradley, aged 46, is currently in police custody ahead of an appearance before Bristol Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.
He has also been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.
A police spokesperson said: "Police and ambulance crews were called Mr Dunkerton's home just before 11pm on Friday.
"Sadly he could not be saved and died at the scene.
"Bradley was arrested just after 11.30pm.
"A post mortem examination has found that Mr Dunkerton was stabbed several times, with one wound proving fatal.
"Officers are grateful for the support and patience of the community while they carry out forensic examinations, searches and house to house enquiries in the village.
"People can expect to see a continued police presence in coming days, but officers aren't looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.
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.
"We continue to gather evidence to help us understand what has happened.
"There are reports of an earlier incident involving the two men at the Railway Tavern in Wotton Road, Charfield. I'd ask anyone who was at the pub between 9pm and 11pm on Friday night to get in touch, if they haven't yet spoken with officers."
DCI Walker said his team would also like to hear from anyone who saw or has CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage of either man walking from the pub to Thames Close (pictured above), or of Bradley leaving the address.
Anyone with information which could help the ongoing investigation should call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5222 150 363.
Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.