Man in court charged with the murder of Blackpool man

Joshua Whitley
Joshua Whitley
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A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of 26-year-od Joshua Whitley, who died after suffering stab wounds.

Stephen Routledge, 24, of Station Road, South Shore, appeared at Preston Magistrates Court yesterday charged with the murder of Mr Whitley.

He was remanded in custody until Monday, when he will appear at Preston Crown Court.

Police launched a murder investigation following the death of Mr Whitley – who also went by the surname Atcherley – who had been stabbed at an address on Station Road, Blackpool.

He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and pronounced dead a short time later.

A post-mortem examination has revealed the cause of death to be a single stab wound to the chest.

Meanwhile , Joshua’s family today paid tribute to him.

In a statement, the family said: “Josh, your life was a blessing, your memory treasured.

“You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measures.

“You will always be in our hearts. Rest in peace brother, son, grandson and uncle.”

Police were called to the incident on Station Road at 10.26pm on Friday. Witnesses reported seeing a heavy police presence at the scene which was still cordoned off the following day.