Family pays tribute to man who died in Rayleigh on New Year’s Day

A man who died at an address in Rayleigh in the early hours of New Year’s Day has been described as a “much loved young man”.

Paul Fletcher, 31, was found unresponsive at an address in Worcester Drive at around 1am on New Year’s Day and died at the scene.

In a statement his family said: “Words cannot describe how each and everyone is feeling right now.

“Many lives have been deeply affected from the loss of Dod, he meant so much to so many people. He was a very much-loved young man.

“His family was everything to him, he was always there for everyone did whatever he could to help if and when needed, Paul was not just my little brother he was a great son, father, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and friend to all those who where lucky to have him in their lives.

“We would firstly like to thank everyone for their kind words and support.

“We would also like to thank Essex police and emergency services and local residents for assisting in trying to save his life.

“I personally would like to thank the neighbour who did everything they could for him. We are truly grateful.”

A post-mortem examination found Mr Fletcher had sustained a stab wound to his chest.

A 23 year-old woman – Hannah Sindrey, of Worcester Drive, Rayleigh – has been charged with murder.

A 25 year-old woman arrested is on bail until January 29.

If you have any information about this incident please call the Major Crime Team on 101 and quote incident number 147 of 1 January.

You can also submit information online via a specially set up online portal:

Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Mick Ferris

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