Police charge two men with murder of Joseph Pearce

PUBLISHED: 16:22 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:40 14 July 2017

Police have charged two men with the murder of Joseph Pearce.

Police have charged two men with the murder of Joseph Pearce.

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Two men have been charged with murder after a man was stabbed to death this week.

A crime scene investigation team was pictured at the scene in Burnham-on-Sea.A crime scene investigation team was pictured at the scene in Burnham-on-Sea.

Police have charged 21-year-old Dominic Lacey, of Newham Place in Patchway, and 43-year-old James Hobbs, of Churchill Close in Burnham-on-Sea, with the murder of Joseph Pearce.

Mr Pearce, aged 40, died at a house in Churchill Close, Burnham, on Monday night.

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

A crime scene investigation team was picture at the scene in Burnham-on-Sea.A crime scene investigation team was picture at the scene in Burnham-on-Sea.

A post-mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist concluded Mr Pearce died of a single stab wound.

Police launched a murder investigation on Tuesday and Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Major Crime Investigation Team has been leading the inquiry, which they described as a ‘horrific crime’.

Lacey and Place have now both been charged with murder and will appear at Taunton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Saturday).

Joseph Pearce.Joseph Pearce.

Police also arrested a 22-year-old man and three women, aged 24, 38 and 54, but they have all been released without charge.

A spokesman said: “We’d like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we carried out enquiries at Churchill Close.”

A crime scene investigation team was pictured at the scene.A crime scene investigation team was pictured at the scene.

MORE: Police name Churchill Close murder victim.

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