Essex

Braintree stabbing: Michael Haastrup 'was new father'

Michael Haastrup Image copyright Essex police hand out
Image caption Michael Haastrup died in hospital after the attack

A 24-year-old man fatally stabbed at a flat in Essex had recently become a father for the first time, his family has said.

Michael Haastrup, of Southend, was attacked at a property in Cressing Road, Braintree, on Wednesday night and died later in hospital.

A second man was injured during the incident, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

A 24-year-old man held on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

Mr Haastrup's family released a statement via Essex police.

"Michael was a new father, a son, a brother and a good friend who had his whole life ahead of him," they said.

"He had just got a new job and had a lovely new home with his partner and new son.

"He used to bring in young homeless children to spend Christmas with his family to make them feel a part of this world again and bring hope into their lives."

A 20-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on police bail until 30 May.

A 57-year-old man was released without charge on Good Friday.

Image caption Mr Haastrup was attacked at a flat in Cressing Road, Braintree

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