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Stabbed Markcus Dunkerton was an excellent dad, his family say

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Marcus DunkertonImage source, Avon and Somerset Constabulary
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Marcus Dunkerton's family have paid tribute to a "much-loved" family member

The family of a man who was fatally stabbed have paid tribute to their "much-loved" relation.

Marcus Dunkerton, 40, died from a stab wound at his home in Thames Close, Charfield in Gloucestershire on Friday.

Grant Bradley, 46, of Blackwell Street, Kidderminster in Worcestershire has been charged with his murder.

In a statement issued through the police Mr Dunkerton's family said they were "heartbroken" and the loss would "leave a huge hole in our lives".

"No words will ever be able to express the deep sadness and loss that we feel as a family.

'Excellent father'

"Marcus was a much-loved son, brother, partner, father, step-father, uncle and son-in-law who was very much loved by us all.

"He was an excellent father."

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Mr Dunkerton died at his home in Charfield on Friday

Avon and Somerset Police said Mr Dunkerton's relatives were being supported by specially-trained officers.

Mr Bradley appeared before Bristol Magistrates' Court earlier charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

The case has been sent to the city's crown court.

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