Murder probe launched after man found dead in Blackburn flat

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found deceased in his Blackburn flat.

Officers were called to Leamington Road, Blackburn at 11.38 am yesterday (June 7) to reports of a sudden death.

Emergency services attended and sadly found a 50-year-old local man, who can now be named as David Read (pictured). The man’s loved ones are being supported by specially-trained officers.

David was found with multiple injuries and his death is currently being treated as suspicious. A post mortem examination is ongoing today.

Police have a dedicated team of officers assigned to this case and their inquiries are ongoing. Whilst there have been no arrests made at this point, a number of lines of inquiry are being explored.

Reassurance patrols have been increased in the area.

As part of their inquiries, police are keen to hear from anybody who knew David, particularly if they have had contact with them in recent days or have information that they think may assist the investigation.

Police are also appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious during Tuesday and Wednesday in the Leamington Road area or has CCTV or dashcam footage covering those dates.

DCI Mark Haworth-Oates, of their Force Major Investigation Team, said:

“First and foremost, my thoughts are with David’s loved ones at this distressing time. They have asked for their privacy to be respected while they come to terms with this devastating news. “If anybody has any information which they believe could assist with their inquiries – however insignificant they think it might be – I would ask them to contact police as soon as possible. I appreciate that an incident like this will cause concern in the local community. They do believe that Mr. Read was specifically targeted, and they are working hard to identify and arrest those responsible. Residents will see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days, please feel free to approach their officers and pass on any information you may have.

“Someone out there will know the reason why David was attacked in this terrible way and will know the identity of those responsible. I would urge them to come forward to tell us what they know.”

In a tribute, David’s family said: “David was a lovely caring man and had a strong bond with his parents. They were known as the gentle giant and will be sadly missed by their family and friends.”

Anyone with information is asked to report it online via https://doitonline.lancashire.police.uk/ or call police on 101, quoting log 653 of June 7, 2023.

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