A man who died following an alleged murder in Chester-le-Street this weekend has been named.

Alan Stokoe, 26, suffered fatal injuries after being stabbed in Melville Street, just after 2am yesterday.

Emergency services treated Mr Stokoe, of Chester-le-Street, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family released a statement which said:

All the family are devastated about the loss of Alan. He was a funny man and will be greatly missed.

Family statement

A post-mortem examination has been carried out and the murder investigation continues.

A 42-year-old man, who was taken to hospital with serious injuries, is under arrest on suspicion of murder.