POLICE have named a man who was found fatally stabbed in a Reading property this week prompting officers to launch a murder investigation.

Police identified the victim as David Allen, aged 77, today (Friday, December 3), after his body was discovered in Elgar Road on Wednesday.

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The force said Mr Allen died from shock and haemorrhage as a result of a stab wound to his chest, according to a post-mortem examination.

A 37-year-old man from Reading, who was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of murder, remains in police custody.

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Mr Allen’s next of kin are being supported by specially trained Family Liaison Officers.

Police were called to Elgar Road at 8.10pm. Mr Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.