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Thursday, 31 May, 2001, 18:17 GMT 19:17 UK
Vicar stabbed to death
Father David Paget
David Paget was vicar of St Andrew's Church for 12 years
Police are hunting the killer of a vicar stabbed to death at his home in Fulham, south-west London.

A church treasurer found Father David Paget's body in a pool of blood after the 46-year-old missed a Eucharist service at 1030BST on Thursday, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.

He was last seen outside the church after a service at 1945BST on Tuesday.

Mr Paget may have been murdered with more than one weapon, the spokesman added.

He was not the sort of guy who would turn people away at the door

Neighbour, John Norris
A post-mortem examination is being conducted at Fulham mortuary.

Oxford-educated Mr Paget had been vicar of St Andrew's Church at Fulham Fields for 12 years.

John Norris, 27, who lives close to the church, said: "He was a very happy guy who never had a problem with anyone.

"You got the impression that he got on with everyone and would always be the sort of chap who would try and sort problems out.

"He was not the sort of guy who would turn people away at the door.

"He would always attempt to get to the crux of the problem."

All, without exception, are welcome here

Father David Paget
A message from Mr Paget on the church's website states: ""We are here to serve you.

"God has gathered us together to be a sign to our parish of His love for all.

"The church is open daily for you to offer your worship and prayers.

"All, without exception, are welcome here.

"If we can help - get in touch."

St Andrew's is described on the website as "a lively, growing church in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England".

Detectives are keen to speak to members of the Queen's Tennis Club, which backs on to the church grounds.

Speaking at the scene, Detective Superintendent Lewis Benjamin said: "He may have known his killer.

"There is no sign of a break-in and the premises were open when the body was discovered.

"He had people staying with him from time to time. He was very popular and openly welcomed people from bad backgrounds into his home.

"We believe he was gay but we are not sure whether that was relevant."

The Metropolitan police's Serious Crime Group appealed for anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area between 1930BST on Tuesday and 2315BST on Wednesday to call the incident room on 020 8358 1777 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555111.

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