TWO men arrested on suspicion of murdering a 50-year-old man from Blackburn remained in custody last night.

Steven Thurston was found with head injuries in his home in Sussex Drive, Blackburn, at about 12.50am on Monday.

Mr Thurston was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the attack detectives launched a witness appeal and subsequently arrested two men on suspicion of Mr Thurston’s murder on Tuesday evening.

They are a 22-year-old man from Accrington and a 30-year-old man from Blackburn.

A 52-year-old woman from Blackburn was also arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

She also remained in custody last night.

Police have yet to recover the weapon used in the attack but say searches are ongoing.

Reassurance patrols have also been stepped up in the area.

A team of officers could be seen searching areas surrounding Mr Thurston’s property on Tuesday,

Despite the arrests detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Detective Chief Inspector Zoe Russo, who is leading the force major investigation team’s (FMIT) enquiry, said: “While we have now made a number of arrests this is just the latest stage of our investigation which is very much on-going.

“I would continue to appeal for anyone with information, however insignificant they may think it is, to come forward and contact us.”

Meanwhile tributes have continued to pour in for Mr Thurston.

Mr Thurston,’s daughter Danielle Louise Denham posted on Facebook: “My heart’s breaking for you dad. Will miss you so much. Love you.”

Sharon James posted: “Devastated Steven. You didn’t deserve this. Always and forever in our hearts.”

Ranjeet Singh wrote: “Good man, he was.”

In their own tribute Mr Thurston’s family said: “Steven was the kindest, caring, loving father, son and brother whose door was always open to help others.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 47 of June 10th.

Alternatively, you can reach independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or online at