The family of a man who was stabbed to death in Southend have paid tribute to him.

Courtney Valentine-Brown, who was 36, was found injured at an address in Roots Hall Drive shortly before midnight on Thursday 21 February.

A post-mortem examination found he suffered a stab wound to the leg.

In a tribute his family said: “We are heartbroken over the murder of our dear son, brother, uncle and cousin who was tragically taken away from us prematurely.

“He was ambitious, cheeky and extremely creative with his whole future ahead of him despite his life challenges.”

A murder investigation has been launched following a stabbing near Southend's Roots Hall stadium Credit: ITV News Anglia

A 49 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder in the early hours of Monday 25 February and remains in custody.

Meanwhile, a 30 year-old woman arrested on conspiracy to commit murder has been released on bail until March 21.

Officers are continuing to appeal for anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage, or anyone who they’ve not spoken to who, may have information about the incident.