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Stabbed man 'committed' to work

Philip Ellison
Philip Ellison had been in his job for eight years

The family of social care worker who was stabbed to death on a home visit in Lancashire have said he was "very committed" to his job.

Philip Ellison, 47 was stabbed and later died in an attack in the Fulwood area of Preston on Monday.

The father-of-three was "much loved", his family said in a statement.

A 51-year-old man has been arrested by police on suspicion of Mr Ellison's murder and is being held under the Mental Health Act.

He could be held for up to a month before he is properly questioned, police have said.

Mr Ellison, a Lancashire County Council worker from Penwortham, was visiting a property in Glebe Close when he was stabbed.

'Missed by all'

The house is for people readjusting to living in the community.

His family said: "Phillip was a much loved family member, a devoted husband who doted on his three sons.

"He was very committed to working in a job he had done for eight years and was known and loved in a variety of different communities and he will be missed by all."

The alarm was raised late on Monday morning after reports were made to police of someone being attacked. Officers found a man in an "agitated state".

A Lancashire police spokeswoman said: "A 51-year-old man has been detained under section 2 of the Mental Health Act and will be reassessed by doctors to see if he is fit to be interviewed by police.

"The initial detention is for 28 days and in that time police may or may not get to talk to him.

"After that initial period he will be reassessed, if he is still not fit to be interviewed then a further order will be made for six months."

Lancashire Police confirmed they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

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