Tributes to man stabbed to death in Lancashire house

James Todd
Image caption James Todd had been stabbed in the heart

The families of a man whose decomposed body was found in a house in Lancashire have said he will be sadly missed.

The body of 27-year-old James Todd was found in Rutland Close, Clayton Le Moors, on 27 September. He had been stabbed through the heart.

On Tuesday, both his biological and adoptive families released statements saying how much he loved life.

David Fielding, 25, of Lynthorpe Road, Blackburn, has been charged with his murder and is currently on remand.

His biological family, from Eccles, Greater Manchester said: "He was a lovely cheeky boy and would help anyone.

"He liked to travel. He would not harm anyone and enjoyed life. He was loved by all his family and will be sadly missed by his mother, father and brothers."

Osbourne and Christine Todd, his adopted father and mother, from Irlam, Greater Manchester described their son as a "born entertainer".

"He loved being the centre of attention, he had many friends and enjoyed being around his family and friends.

"James was very caring, especially to young people regardless of who they were. He was a unique young man who lived life as he wanted to.

"He was a great joker and will be very much missed by all his family and friends. Everyone is shocked and devastated at this loss."

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