Lancashire

Leyland stabbing victim named as John Leatherbarrow

John Leatherbarrow
Image caption John Leatherbarrow was found at the flat on Sunday

A man who was stabbed to death at a flat in Lancashire has been named.

John Leatherbarrow, 37, from Leyland, was found dead by police at the flat on Westfield Drive in the town at just after 12:00 GMT on Sunday.

A 41-year-old man from Leyland has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Detectives said Mr Leatherbarrow was last seen alive at 10:00 GMT on Sunday and are trying to trace his movements in the two hours until he was found.

Police are also trying to work out why he was at the flat on Westfield Drive, which was not his home address.

A post-mortem examination showed he died from blood loss which has been attributed to a stab wound.

John's father, John Leatherbarrow senior, paid this tribute to his son on behalf of the family.

He said: "John was a much loved son, dad, brother and uncle, a real home bird who loved his son Jack wholeheartedly.

"He had numerous jobs in his short life because of his amazing talent to 'mend' and turn his hand to anything, always being described as a 'real grafter'.

"John was a kind man who always had compassion for people worse off than himself. He will be sadly missed by us all forever."

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