A MAN who was found dead at a house with a fatal stab wound sparking a murder investigation has been identified.

Gavin Moon, 31, was discovered in the property in Trafalgar Road, Washington, Tyne and Wear, at 2pm on Tuesday after concerns were raised.

A murder investigation was launched by detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiries Team (HMET) at Northumbria Police and enquiries are ongoing.

Mr Moon’s family has issued a statement paying tribute to him.

They said: “Gavin was a devoted dad to his children and a loving son.

“His unexpected loss has hit us hard.

“We would request that our privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time as we come to terms with Gavin’s death.”

Officers have spoken to a number of individuals in connection with the investigation and a 28-year-old man remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

A 24-year-old man has been released with no further action to be taken.

Detective Chief Inspector John Bent said: “Our thoughts are with Gavin’s family at this incredibly difficult time, and specialist officers continue to offer them any support they need.

“We are committed to finding out the circumstances behind Gavin’s death, and an experienced team of detectives continue to map a chronology of events which ultimately led to this tragic incident.”

Police would like to thank those who have already come forward with information about the incident and would welcome anyone yet to do so to get in touch.

Superintendent Paul Milner added: “My message to the community is one of reassurance.

“Crimes of this type are not common in this area, and we will continue to leave no stone unturned in this investigation.

“Deaths such as this have an inevitable impact on the local community, and an increased police presence will remain in the area as officers carry out enquiries and reassure members of the public.”

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