Murder victim named as six people arrested over ‘horrific crime’

PUBLISHED: 12:12 13 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:14 13 July 2017

Joseph Pearce.

Joseph Pearce.

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A man who was stabbed to death in a ‘horrific crime’ earlier this week has today (Thursday) been named by police investigating his murder.

Officers investiate Joseph Pearce's muder.    Picture: www.burnham-on-sea.comOfficers investiate Joseph Pearce's muder. Picture: www.burnham-on-sea.com

Joseph Pearce, aged 40, died at a house in Burnham’s Churchill Close late on Monday night.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 11.56pm, following reports of an assault, but Mr Pearce died at the scene.

A subsequent post-mortem examination carried out by Home Office pathologist has concluded that Mr Pearce died as the result of a single stab wound.

Six people – three men and three women – have since been arrested and questioned over the incident, though none have yet been charged.

Officers from Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Major Crime Investigation team (MCIT) are now leading an inquiry into his death, and have vowed to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in bringing Mr Pearce’s killer to justice.

MCIT Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio said: “We continue to offer support to Joseph’s family during what is clearly a difficult time for them.

“We are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to established the full circumstances behind this horrific crime and are keeping the family updated with the progress of our enquiry.

“In total we have now arrested three men and three women in connection with our investigation. Two people – a man and a woman – have been released without charge. Another woman has been released under investigation and three people remain in custody.

“Specialist crime scene investigators continue to examine the scene and the cordon around Churchill Close remains in place while their enquiries are completed.

“We’d like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we carry out our work and are grateful for their co-operation.

“We’d also like to continue to encourage anyone with any concerns relating to this incident to contact their neighbourhood team.”

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Churchill Close area during Monday evening is also asked to contact MCIT via 101, quoting the reference number 5217157097.

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