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Family tributes paid to door-knock stabbing man in Leigh

Steven Butterworth
Image caption Steven Butterworth was stabbed four times at his home in Wigan, police said

Tributes have been paid to a man who died after he was stabbed when answering a knock at the door.

Steven Butterworth's property, on Diamond Street, Leigh, was targeted on 25 August. Police said a man stabbed the 62-year-old and took his wallet.

He died in hospital on Friday. His family said Steve was a "dedicated family man, dearly loved by all".

David Dempsey, 42, of Kermishaw Nook, Tyldesley, was charged earlier this month with attempted murder.

He was also charged with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

In a statement, Mr Butterworth's family said: "Steve was a gentle and caring dad, granddad, brother and uncle. He was also a keen fisherman and friendly neighbour.

"Sadly, Steve recently became a widower when his wife of 36 years died unexpectedly and whilst grieving and struggling to come to terms with his loss, he was targeted and brutally attacked and robbed in his own home."

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