Family devastated by murder of their 'lovable rogue'

Monday 07 January 2013 Updated: 08/01 13:29

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THE FAMILY of murder victim Adrian Locke have paid tribute to their "lovable rogue" and pleaded for the public's help in finding his killer.

Paramedics found Mr Locke, 39, with stab wounds outside a property on Teme Road in Tolladine on Wednesday (January 2) evening.

Despite their best efforts to save his life he was confirmed dead at the scene by a doctor a short time later.

A post mortem examination found the cause of death was a stab wound to the torso.

In a statement his family, from Droitwich, said that while he was no saint, his death had devastated them, and in particular his mother Lilly Locke.

She said: "Adie has sometimes been on the wrong side of the law, but he was a lovable rogue.

"His family was his life and he was a brilliant uncle to his nieces and nephews, who idolised him. He was always generous and couldn't do enough for them. He was a big kid himself and a real joker who was always teasing the kids with all sorts of tricks. He also had a teenage son, who he did not see much of as he grew up, but they had been getting to know each other recently; it's so sad that chance has now gone."

She said her son had enjoyed the simple things in life that cost nothing and he had simple tastes.

"He didn't need expensive stuff and loved his mountain bike because it gave him freedom and the opportunity to get out and work. He did building and gardening work and was a hard worker. He liked his work."

Mrs Locke led the family's appeal for those with information about his death to contact West Mercia Police.

"For the sake of our family, please help the police if you know anything. We need to know who killed Adrian and why," she said.

"We hope in time we can piece together exactly what happened to him that night, and hope in time that we get justice for him."

"We will never get over what as happened - it has left a hole in our hearts that will never heal. His death has left us all heartbroken and we don't know how we will cope without him - he meant the world to me."

"I just want him to come home to his mum, but I know that will never happen."

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