A MAN stabbed to death in Didcot yesterday has been described as a 'great dad' and 'lovely bloke'.

The victim of a brawl in Mendip Heights, after which police launched a murder investigation, has been named locally as Darren Maccormick.

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People have flooded social media with tributes to the father, who was affectionately known to his friends as Dizzy.

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Police have not yet formally identified the man who died, but said he was aged in his 40s.

Two other men were seriously injured during the 'altercation' involving a group of men, which happened at about 3.45am in the residential estate.

They have since been released from hospital. 

Mr Maccormick's Facebook profile states that he was a former pupil of St Birinus School in Didcot, who lived in the town.

Emma Jarvis said: “Darren was such a kind, funny, outgoing man, who lived for his children.

“He will be missed dearly – he had a big heart and had time for everyone, he helped me through some bad times.

"I hope whoever did this is caught and is severely punished.”

A friend posted on Facebook: "One of the most real guys you would ever meet. Raving with the angels now, gone but not forgotten."

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Another said: "Today I lost a proper friend in Darren Maccormick, he was stabbed to death for god knows what reason, I shed a tear for you today.

"Absolutely can't believe your gone my friend, I'll never forget your toothless grin, your ability to make everyone smile."

One man wrote: "Great friend, great guy, great dad. 

"God bless you Dizzy, you never deserved this!

"Will miss you at work and in my world. Love you brother!"

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Another said: "Shocked, he was such a lovely lovely bloke."

He was described as having a ‘heart of gold’.

A man who commented on an Oxford Mail Facebook post said: "His two children are brother and sister to my children so it’s very close to home.

"No one deserves to be taken that way whatever the circumstances."

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One friend posted on Facebook: "So many memories with you. We will never forget you buddy."

Another commented: "He was like a big brother to me. Always looking out for me. Will never forget him."

Police have urged anyone with information about the attack to call 101 quoting reference number 107 (9/1).