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Family tribute following death of Leigh man who was stabbed in his own home
2:24pm Sunday 29th September 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a Leigh man who was stabbed four times in his own home.
Steven Butterworth was attacked at 5.30pm on August 25 in his house on Diamond Street.
A man forced his way into the house, stabbed Mr Butterworth four times and stole his wallet.
He was taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary but died on Friday.
In a statement to police his family said: "Steve was a 62-year-old gentle and caring dad, granddad, brother and uncle. He was a dedicated family man who was dearly loved by all.
“He was also a keen fisherman and friendly neighbour. Sadly Steve recently became a widower when his wife of 36 years died unexpectedly and while grieving and struggling to come to terms with his loss, Steve was targeted and brutally attacked and robbed in his own home in Diamond Street, Leigh.
“After five weeks of suffering in intensive care, Steve tragically passed away on Friday, September 27, leaving his family and friends devastated.”
A Home Office post mortem is being carried out to establish the cause of death.
Det Ch Insp Howard Millington, who is leading the investigation, said: “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the relatives and friends of Mr Butterworth who are clearly devastated by his death.
“This in now a murder investigation and although someone has been charged with offences in relation to this matter we are still keen to hear from anyone who may have any information about the incident.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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