July 15, 2017
Two in court today, charged with murder of Burnham-On-Sea man

Police have charged two men with the murder of Joseph Pearce in Burnham-On-Sea earlier this week.

Mr Pearce, 40, right, died at a property in Churchill Close shortly before midnight on Monday (July 10th).

Dominic Lacey, 21, of Newham Place, Patchway and James Hobbs, 43, of Churchill Close, Burnham-On-Sea will appear at Taunton Magistrates' Court on Saturday (July 15th).

A 22-year-old man and three women aged 24, 38 and 54 arrested in connection with the investigation have all been released without charge.

"We'd like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we carried out enquiries at Churchill Close," added a Police spokesman.

A murder probe was launched after the death in Churchill Close, just off Worston Lane, shortly before midnight on Monday (July 10th). Joseph Pearce, 40, pictured, from Burnham-On-Sea, died at the scene.

A post-mortem examination carried out by a Home Office pathologist and concluded that he died from a single stab wound.

Officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) are now leading the enquiry into his death.

Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio, from MCIT, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We continue to offer support to Joseph's family during what is clearly a difficult time for them."

"We are leaving no stone unturned in our quest to established the full circumstances behind this horrific crime and are keeping the family updated with the progress of our enquiry."

"We'd also like to continue to encourage anyone with any concerns relating to this incident to contact their neighbourhood team."

Anyone who saw anything suspicious in Churchill Close during Monday evening is also asked to contact MCIT via 101 quoting the reference number 5217157097.


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