Stephan Hollow stab death: Family's 'terrible shock'

Stephan Hollow Officers are still searching for the knife used to kill Stephan Hollow

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The family of a Hampshire man who was stabbed outside his home in Basingstoke have spoken of their "terrible shock" at his death.

Stephan Hollow, 53, died in hospital after the stabbing at Blackdown Close, Buckskin on 19 August.

In a statement his family said: "This has left a big hole in our family which will never be filled."

A 27-year-old man from Basingstoke has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody.

The family added: "We would like to thank the ambulance staff and local residents who tried very hard to save him. We will be eternally grateful.

"This has been a terrible shock for our large family and we are still trying to come to terms with what has happened."

Search for knife

Det Insp Dave Storey said the stabbing looked like an isolated incident between two known parties.

He said officers were still trying to locate a knife used in the attack which took place at about 04:30 BST.

Hampshire Constabulary is also searching for a dark coloured sweatshirt with a gold or yellow Nike emblem, dark trousers (jeans or tracksuit bottoms) and dark trainers.

A spokesman said: "The offender is believed to have travelled on foot from Blackdown Close to Berwyn Close, on to Dorset Crescent and then through fields to Mary Lane in North Waltham."

Det Insp Storey added that locating the knife and sweatshirt was a "key part" of the investigation.

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