A MAN who was found dead in his home on Thursday (November 25) has been described as "very popular" in a family tribute.

Stephen Macro, 57, was discovered by police officers at around 10.30am at his property on Coronation Avenue, Padiham, as they attended a report of a 'sudden death'.

Emergency services attended the home and Mr Macro was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 56-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of murder but released on bail pending further enquiries.

DCI Allen Davies, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: "First and foremost my thoughts are with Stephen’s family at this extremely difficult time.

“Our enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what has occurred. I would ask anybody who saw Stephen in the area between 10pm and 11.30pm or anyone who has CCTV, mobile phone, doorbell or dashcam footage which could assist our investigation to make contact with police."

In a tribute to Mr Macro, a family spokesperson said: "He was very well known and always out walking with his dog, Murphy.

"Stephen was always talkative and friendly. He was very popular."

Detectives are now working to establish Mr Macro’s movements in the time leading up to his death.

They say they are 'particularly keen' to hear from anybody who saw, or has any footage of, Mr Macro in the West View Terrace area of Padiham between 10pm and 11.30pm on Wednesday (November 24).

Lancashire Police believe the driver of a small white car seen on West View Terrace around that time might have some key information which could assist with enquiries.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting log 410 of November 25, 2021.