DETECTIVES have charged a man with murder in relation to the death of Thomas Walker, 65, from Nelson.

Joe Walker, 32, of Fir Street, Nelson was charged last night and he appeared before magistrates in Preston this morning.

Police were called at around 3.35pm on Friday after Thomas Walker, known as Tom, was found with injuries at his address, also on Fir Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A post-mortem examination revealed that he died as a result of stab wounds to his body and head injuries.

It is understood that Joe is the son of Tom. 

Tom’s family have paid the following tribute to him: "Thomas was a quiet gentle soul without a bad bone in his body.

"He was passionate about Burnley Football Club and will always be a claret. He enjoyed playing darts, walking his dog and listening to his favourite band, Status Quo.

"Thomas didn’t deserve what happened and we, his family, are absolutely devastated that he has been snatched away from us in this way."