The family of a murder victim have paid tribute to a “doting father” as two people have been charged.

A cordon was erected on Wednesday, January 4 and an investigation was launched after reports of a ‘serious incident’ on Sydenham Road in Hartlepool.

The cordon was in place for much of the day with specialist forensic officers being spotted on the road.

Cleveland Police later revealed that Adam Thomson, aged 30, had been murdered and an full murder investigation was launched.

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Two people, a 39-year-old man and 34-year-old woman have since been charged with murder and are to appear in court this morning.

Mr Thomson’s family said: “Adam was a much-loved father, son and brother who will be sorely missed by all of his family and friends. 

“He was a quiet lad, and a doting father to his three-year-old daughter.  We are devastated to lose him so young.  

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“We would request privacy at this time to allow us to grieve.”

The senior investigating officer in the case, detective inspector Stuart Hodgson thanks members of the community for coming forward with information to help the investigation.

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police added: “Anyone who has information but hasn’t contacted police yet can do so by calling 101 quoting reference number 001829.