Nelson murder victim's family appeal for information

Police at the scene of the murder investigation
Police at the scene of the murder investigation

A grieving family is pleading for help in solving the murder of a 47-year-old Nelson man.

Christopher Moore was found dead with "a number of injuries" described by police as "sickening" in his home at around 10pm in Derby Street, on Wednesday, June 20th.

Officers attended and the body of a 47-year-old man, later identified as Christopher Moore, was sadly found at the scene.

The death was initially treated as non-suspicious, but following further investigation and a Home Office post-mortem, Mr Moore was found to have suffered a number of injuries. An exact cause of death has yet to be established.

Police confirmed a 38-year-old man from Nelson has been arrested this morning (Monday, July 2nd) on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

Det. Chief Insp. Andy Cribbin, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: ““The attack on Christopher Moore is sickening due to the number of significant injuries he has sustained and the manner in which they have been inflicted. I believe that he has been individually targeted due to his vulnerability and it is thought to be an isolated incident.

"A number of his injuries are older in age and likely to have been caused in the weeks leading up to his death. He sadly died at his home address and appears to have been attacked there on or about the June 18th.”

“We have a dedicated team of detectives and staff working on this investigation. There will be extra police officers in the area over the coming days and anyone with concerns should approach an officer.

“I am asking that anybody who has any information about the murder of Christopher, or any events involving him in the weeks leading up to his death please contact us. I am satisfied that there are a number of people within the community who can help us find out exactly what has happened to Christopher and I would urge them to contact us.”

“We are supporting Christopher’s family at this difficult time.”

In a statement Mr Moore’s family said: “As a family we are devastated by Chris’ death and urge anyone with any information to come forward, no matter how difficult.”

Anyone with information should contact the police on 101 quoting log 1657 of June 20th. Alternatively you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on 0800 555 111.