A man has been charged with murder in connection with an alleged stabbing in Cinderford, Forest of Dean over the weekend.

Michael Beach, aged 45 and of Ruspidge Road in Cinderford, has been charged with the murder of 36-year-old Scott Hopkins on Friday evening (8 December).

Police had been called to a property at 10.20pm on Friday with a report that a man had been stabbed. He was treated by paramedics and later died from his injuries.

Beach has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court today (Monday 11 December).

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A warrant of further detention has been granted for a 45-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

At Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court earlier today (Sunday 10 December) an additional 36 hours of detention was authorised.

Emergency services had been called to an address on High Street in Cinderford at 10.20pm on Friday (8 December) with a report that a man had been stabbed within a property.

The man, aged in his 30s, was treated by paramedics at the scene and later died from his injuries. The man’s next of kin has been informed.

Officers from the Major Crime Investigation Team are continuing their investigation into the incident.

They are not seeking anyone else in connection with the murder and have now established that both the victim and suspect are local residents. 

It is believed that they were both known to each other.

Anyone with information on what took place is asked to complete the following form quoting incident 446 of 8 December: https://www.gloucestershire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us/us/a-crime-that-has-already-been-reported/

You can also provide information anonymously by calling independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online https://crimestoppers-uk.org/