Tributes paid to ‘murder’ victim as family plead for information
A man who died from knife wounds after a disturbance at a property in Wells has been described as a “devoted family man”.
Avon and Somerset Police said the victim had been identified as 34-year-old Jonathan Roper, of Glastonbury.
Seven men and three women, all from the Somerset area, have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody.
In a statement, Mr Roper’s family urged anyone with any information about his death to contact police.
“Jonathan was a devoted family man much loved by his family and friends, he will be greatly missed,” they said.
“We as a family are very grateful for the assistance we have been given by the police and fully support their investigation.
“We would encourage anyone with information that would assist the investigation to inform the police.
“All of Jonathan’s family respectfully request that we are given privacy to grieve the loss of our loved one at this very difficult time.”
Officers were called to a report of a disturbance at an address on Merlin Drive at around 4.30pm on Saturday and launched a murder investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio said investigations into the circumstances of Mr Roper’s death were continuing.
“We fully appreciate this incident has shocked local residents and are aware it will deeply affect those who knew Jonathan,” he said.
“I’d like to reassure everyone we’re carrying out a thorough investigation and will do everything we can to obtain justice for Jonathan and his family.”
Police have increased patrols in the area following the incident.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting log 760 of Saturday March 23, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.