Tributes have been paid to a 74-year-old Northampton man who was murdered in a “violent and dreadful” attack in his own home.
David Brickwood, of Lindsay Avenue, Abington, died in Northampton General Hospital in the early hours of Saturday morning after being the victim of what police have described as a “violent assault”.
Dozens of people have paid tribute to Mr Brickwood on the Chronicle & Echo’s Facebook page, describing him as a “lovely, friendly man”. Friends, neighbours and family have also left more than 50 floral tributes outside his home.
Jackie Allen said: “This was my uncle. A lovely friendly guy, known to many, who will be sadly missed by all who knew him. I hope they find the person/persons who did this to such a loveable guy..who will be sadly missed.”
Gary S Panter said: “R.I.P Dave (Monty). Such a perfect gentleman taken too soon in such a horrific way. Thoughts and prayers are with your family at such a sad time.
“I lived about six doors away and went to school with his son. He had time for anyone and always said Morning to you.”
Sarah Denton said: “So sad to hear this. He always had a smile, friendly words and wave. Thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Ruthie G Kent said: “I moved into the area last year and he always stopped to chat when I walked by why would someone do this so awful RIP Dave thoughts are with the family xxx”
Paul Canfield said: “I used to deliver Chinese to this man and he really did have a heart of gold and was always very friendly to me, RIP my old friend”
Northampton Borough Councillor Tony Ansell (Con, Abington) said: “I am very sorry to hear the news, especially so close to home.”
A Facebook group called RIP David Brickwood ‘Monty’ has also been set up and already has 100 members.
Anyone who was in the Lindsay Avenue area in the early hours of this morning who saw or heard anything unusual is asked to call Northamptonshire Police on 101
Similarly, anyone who knows anything about this incident is asked to either contact the police on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org