A man has been murdered with single stab wound to his chest as his mum begged for his killer to be caught.
Christopher Allbury-Burridge, 33, was fatally wounded and died at the scene of the attack in Kingsley, Northampton shortly after 2.10am on Friday, December 10.
A post-mortem investigation carried out by a Home Office pathologist in Leicester revealed he died from a single stab wound to the chest.
His grieving mother, Elaine, today paid tribute to her son.
She said: “As a family, we are devastated by the loss of Christopher. It would have been his 34th birthday later this month. His career was spent serving and caring for others.
“In these difficult times that everyone is facing, we ask the general public to please help us bring his killer to justice.
“Chris was a kind, and caring person, who did not deserve to lose his life in this cruel and brutal way.
“Please look around you, and find it in your hearts to help to stop his killer from robbing another person of their life. Please assist us and Northamptonshire Police to find his killer.”
More than 50 detectives from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) have been working on the investigation so far.
Officers have been conducting house-to-house inquiries in the area, forensic searches and trawls of CCTV footage.
Jill, a neighbour who did not want to give her last name, said: “It’s quite reassuring to see our police force out in numbers like these. It makes us feel safe.”
Another neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said “The cordon was lifted just after it got dark yesterday.
“They knocked on the door on Saturday to ask if I’d seen anything or if my car parked outside had a recording dashcam or anything like that but I hadn’t seen anything.
“The forensic team searched the bushes and under the drain covers. Not sure if they had any luck though.”
Detective Chief Inspector Joe Banfield, from the EMSOU team, said it remained a fast-paced enquiry and urged anyone with information to come forward.
He said: “We are following up a number of lines of inquiry and have received excellent support from the public living in the area.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or to call Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.”