Man Charged with Murder of David Read in Blackburn

Police have today (June 12) charged a man with the murder of David Read in Blackburn.

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Mohammed Ali Khan, 34, of Preston New Road, Blackburn, has been charged with David’s murder.

Police were called to Leamington Road at 11.38am on Wednesday (June 7) to reports of a sudden death.

Emergency services attended and sadly found the body of 50-year-old David.

A post-mortem examination showed he died of multiple injuries.

Police arrested a 34-year-old man from Blackburn on suspicion of murder on Friday evening.

He has been remanded into custody to appear before Blackburn magistrates tomorrow morning.

Det Chief Insp Mark Haworth-Oates, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “Although a man has now been charged, we are continuing to appeal for witnesses. We want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious during Tuesday and Wednesday in the Leamington Road area or has CCTV that we are not already aware of. Please also get in touch if you knew David and can help us piece together the days leading to his death as this may help the continued progression of the investigation. I’d also like to thank the local community for their support so far.”

In a tribute, David’s family said: “David was a lovely caring man and had a strong bond with his parents. He was known as the gentle giant and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.” Anyone with information is asked to report it online via or call police on 101, quoting log 653 of June 7, 2023.

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