Hereford & Worcester

Tribute to Ross-on-Wye man found with stab wounds

James Ball (pic: West Mercia Police)
Image caption James Ball was always ready to help both his family and friends, the tribute said

The family of a man who was found with fatal stab wounds in Herefordshire have described him as a "caring person" who was "very good with children".

James Ball, 30, was found at a home in Copse Cross Street, Ross-on-Wye, on Saturday night and died from his injuries at hospital.

His family said Mr Ball, who had worked as a chef, loved fishing.

A man aged 22 has previously appeared before magistrates charged with murder and been remanded in custody.

'Kind and generous'

Mr Ball's family said: "James Alan Ball will be sadly missed by his mother, Pauline Ball; his father Richard Ball; his elder brother Andrew Ball; and his nine-year-old daughter, as well as his extended family and friends...

"His daughter particularly tells about her fishing trips with Daddy. She also loved writing to and receiving letters from him."

In a tribute released by police, the family said Mr Ball was "a good cook", who had worked in hotels and pubs, and was "a great person to have as an uncle".

They said: "James was a caring person, and always ready to help both his family and friends.

"He was kind and generous and would always be the first person to offer help and comfort in times of trouble."

The family thanked people who have contacted them to express their condolences.

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