Two men were accused tonight of the murder of a Blackburn man.

George Preshur, 30, of Keele Walk, Blackburn and Andrew Tate, 22, of Brownbirks Road, Huncoat are scheduled to appear in Blackburn Magistrates' court tomorrow morning (Thursday, June 13), charged with the murder of Steven Thurston in Blackburn.

Police opened a murder investigation after Steven's 50-year-old body was found at his home address on Sussex Drive, Blackburn, on Monday, June 10 at approximately 12:50 pm

A post mortem examination of the Home Office showed that he had died from serious head injuries.

In a tribute, Steven's family said, "Steven was the kindest, most caring and affectionate father, son and brother, whose door was always open to help others."

A 52-year-old Blackburn woman arrested in connection with the investigation was released.