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Murder investigation: Police name victim after fatal stabbing

Written by Javed Iqbal

A man has been charged with murder following the death of a man in Charfield, South Gloucestershire, Friday night (June 24)

Grant Bradley, 46, of Blackwell Street, Kidderminster, has been charged with the murder of Marcus Dunkerton, 40, of Thames Close, Charfield. He is also charged with possession of an assault weapon.

He is being held in police custody. He is due to appear before the Bristol Magistrates Right tomorrow. (June 27)

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Police and ambulance personnel were called to Mr Dunkerton’s home just before noon. 23 Friday. Unfortunately, he could not be rescued and died on the spot. Bradley was arrested just after 11.30pm.

A post-mortem examination has shown that Mr Dunkerton was stabbed several times where a wound proved fatal. Police states that they are grateful for the support and patience of the local community while conducting forensic examinations, searches and house-to-house examinations in the village. People can expect to see a continued police presence in the coming days. But officers are not looking for others in connection with the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Walker of the Major Crime Investigation Team is leading the investigation. He said, “Our hearts go out to Marcus’ family as they face such a devastating loss.

“They are 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 a previous incident involving the two men at the Railway Tavern in Wotton Road, Charfield. I would ask anyone who was at the pub between 9pm and 11pm on Friday night to contact them if they have not done so yet talked to the officers.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who has seen or has CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage of either man walking from the pub to Thames Close or Bradley leaving this address.”

Anyone with information that may help the ongoing investigation, please call 101 and provide reference 5222150363. Alternatively, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 percent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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