This is the first picture of a father allegedly murdered in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Essex Police said a man in his 30s found dead at a flat in Rayleigh, Essex, at around 1am today.

Detectives have arrested two women, aged 23 and 25, and a 39-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

Tributes have been paid to the man, named locally as Paul 'Dod' Fletcher, with one friend saying: “I have no words......our world is shattered, the pain in our hearts is unbearable life will never ever be the same.”

She added: “Omg Dod the pain, I can’t even process you ain’t here. Our boy the adoration he has for you the love, the void will never be filled we all love you and are completely devastated."

Mr Fletcher was found dead in the early hours of New Year's Day.

Another friend posted online and said: “R.I.P Dod Paul Fletcher I will miss seeing you around, my thoughts are with your family at such a sad time taken far too soon.”

The death of Mr Fletcher, aged in his 30s, is believed to be at the centre of the UK's first murder case of 2021.

Mr Fletcher's sister today posted a tribute on social media, writing: "RIP little bro.

"I know we (didn't) see eye to eye a lot of the time but you are still my little brother and I love you.

"Wish we made peace. Love u always."

Another relative said that Dod had been "mending his troubled life".

The family member told The Sun Online: "He was incredibly passionate about supporting his family and friends.

"He never would let someone go without."

Police outside the house in Rayleigh where Mr Fletcher died.久久大香伊蕉在人线观看在线观看 久久大香伊蕉在人线 ,菠萝视频最新版本免费下载在线观看 菠萝视频最新版本 ,92午夜理论在线观看 92午夜理论无删减 琪琪看片网

Another friend, Crystalann Kelly, 35, added: "He was always happy go lucky lad and we always had a laugh and joke.

“He is a great dad to his son and I'm feeling sorry for him at this sad time.”

She said: “If anyone needed help he would be there to help them.

"I'm gonna miss him and so is all his friends and family."

Other friends said Dod was a "good lad" with another saying: "Sad news he was to young to be taken."

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A police cordon remained in place at the scene today.

Three people have been arrested after Mr Fletcher was found unresponsive at a house in Worcester Drive, Rayleigh.

Police were called just before 1am today, and despite the efforts of paramedics, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three people - a 39-year-old local man and a 23-year-old woman, and also a 25-year old woman from Basildon - have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The 23-year-old woman has also been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker.