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Tributes pour in for Gloucester stabbing victim Martin Stokes

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

Martin Stokes has died at Frenchay Hospital

TRIBUTES are pouring in for the victim of a stabbing who has lost his battle for survival after a week of treatment in hospital.Martin Stokes died late on Monday night at Frenchay Hospital, near Bristol, where he was being treated for stab wounds.He was 30 years old.He suffered wounds to his head and chest after an incident at a house in Nettleton Road in the centre of Gloucester on Monday, January 13.Tony Poole, 51, faces two charges of wounding with intent, after another man, Benjamin McGregor Clark, 47, was also injured.Tributes are being paid to Mr Stokes on Twitter, including from Gloucester professional snooker player Robert Milkins.“RIP Martin Stokes!” he tweeted. “So sad how you’ve been taken at such a young age, one of the few good guys and will be missed by so many! x”Yesterday morning the Avon coroner’s office confirmed it had been informed of Martin Stokes’ death.A Gloucestershire Constabulary spokesman said he died at around 11.50pm on Monday, January 20, and the force moved to quash false claims Poole was also dead.“There have been rumours on social media that Anthony Poole has committed suicide in prison,” said a forcespokesman.“These rumours are not true and Poole remains in custody.“Police are still eager to hear from anyone who was in the area or at the scene of the incident.“Anyone with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 418 of January 13.”Poole, 51, of Melbourne Street East, Gloucester, faces two charges of wounding with intent and was remanded in custody by magistrates last Thursday.Poole is alleged to have stabbed Benjamin McGregor-Clark and Mr Stokes in Mr McGregor-Clark’s Nettleton Road home.He will next appear before Gloucester Crown Court on February 14 for a preliminary hearing.

Tributes paid to Martin Stokes

Thinking of Martin Stokes & his family. Very sad. #PrimarySchoolMemoriesKate Gullick @k84d2011RIP Martin Stokes top blokevicky phillips @StickyTricky

Rip Martin Stokes, thoughts are with family xjamie @itsgoonerjayRip Martin Stokes another family member passing away thoughts are with the family I feel blessed to have known a man as amazing as you. I am going to miss you so much. You were a big part of my life when I was little. I’ll never forget the time you took me on my bike and showed me I can ride.You had faith in me, I’m proud of you for being a brave man. You’re safe now with the angels. Thank you for all the wonderful times we shared together. You weren’t just a cousin to me you were like my big brother.Danielle Anne Marie NewmanSleep tight Martin. I’m going to miss you and you were a true gentleman growing up and a true gentleman when you died. For always in my heart It was good knowing you when growing upGemma Elizabeth Irvine RIP Martin. Thoughts are with your family at this very sad time xTheresa TufanoWords can’t explain this sad time. Thinking of all your family and Roxy and your son may you RIP until we meet again. God has gained again way too early.Samantha Musa Email your tributes to citizen.news@glosmedia.co.uk

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