Doorway stabbing victim David Bond was 'gentle giant'

David Bond, 50, of Osmonde Close, Worthing Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption David Bond was found dead in the entrance to his home on Tuesday

A man found stabbed to death in the doorway of his home has been described by his family as a "gentle giant".

David Bond, 50, of Osmonde Close, Worthing, was found dead on Tuesday afternoon. A knife was found nearby.

His family has paid tribute and said he was always "happy, cheerful and enjoyed life".

Police said they arrested his lodger, Alan Knight, 51, in Lancashire overnight on suspicion of murder.

A search for the victim's vehicle, a Ford Focus-type van, with registration HT02 HMA, is now focused on the Mitcham area of Surrey.

'Helped others'

Knight walked into a police station in Fleetwood just after midnight and told officers he was wanted by police.

He is currently in hospital receiving treatment for what are thought to be self-inflicted injuries, Sussex Police said.

He is under police guard and will be returned to Sussex for questioning when he is released, the force added.

A post-mortem examination on Thursday confirmed Mr Bond suffered multiple stab wounds.

His mother Anne Manley-Rollings said: "He was always happy, cheerful and he enjoyed life."

His stepfather, Sonny, added: "He was a gentle giant, kind, and he liked to help others."

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident or whereabouts of the van to come forward.

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