Hereford & Worcester

Hereford stabbing: Murder victim named as Robert Eacock

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Image caption Robert Eacock died in hospital after the attack on Commercial Street in Hereford

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died after being stabbed in Hereford city centre.

Robert Eacock, 33, from the city, was attacked in Commercial Street on Monday afternoon and later died in hospital. A post mortem examination has revealed he died from a single stab wound.

Mr Eacock's sister Hayley Hayman said her brother would be "missed so much".

A 48-year-old Hereford man remains in custody on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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West Mercia Police said four people who were arrested after the incident have been released without charge.

Floral tributes have been placed at the scene of the attack following Mr Eacock's death.

Ms Hayman, added: "It is my baby brother, my older brother went and now I'm burying my baby brother, it is not nice.

"He's been taken too soon.

"He's got young nieces and nephews, he's going to be missed so much."

Image caption A police cordon in Hereford city centre was lifted on Tuesday afternoon

West Mercia Police said no further action will be taken against two men who were originally arrested on suspicion of attempted murder or against a man and a woman arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice

Supt Sue Thomas said the force believes Mr Eacock and his attacker knew each other.

"These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the man at this time. I would strongly urge anyone with information to contact police," she said.

"Once again, I'd like to thank the many members of the local community who have co-operated with our investigations and remained patient during the disruption to our town centre."

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