Tributes paid to dad killed in Christmas Day stabbing as man, 34, charged with murder

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Simon Birch's family has paid tribute to him following his death. (Reach)
Simon Birch's family has paid tribute to him following his death. (Reach)

The family of a man killed on Christmas Day have paid tribute to a "much-loved son and dad" as a 34-year-old man was charged with his murder.

Simon Birch, 39, died at an address in Sunderland Road, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, following an attack with a blade at around 11.20pm on Saturday.

Adam Jenkins, 34, of Sunderland Road, has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court on 24 January. 

Mr Birch's family have now paid tribute to him following his death saying his smile "would light up a room".

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Simon Birch died at an address in Sunderland Road, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear. (Reach)
Simon Birch died at an address in Sunderland Road, Newbottle, Tyne and Wear. (Reach)

Mr Birch’s parents, Ian and Jennifer Birch, said: "Simon was a much-loved son, father, brother and uncle. He had so many friends and was loved by so many who knew him.

"He lived life in the fast lane. He loved his cars and motorbikes, was full of energy and was the life and soul of any party. Whenever he was around, his smile would light up a room.

"He had a huge heart and was very generous. He’d give you his last penny if he could. He will be missed by everyone."

Simon’s daughters, 18-year-old Brogan and 13-year-old Georgie, added: "He was always there to support us and would give us the biggest hug, telling us how much he loved us.

"He had the biggest and kindest heart. He would always protect us, no matter what, and was always there if we ever needed anything.

"It’s hard to put into words how much he will be missed by all who knew him."

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Adam Jenkins, 34, of Sunderland Road, has been charged with murder and was due to appear before s due Newcastle Crown Court on 24 January.
Adam Jenkins has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Newcastle Crown Court. (PA)

Family liaison officers are working with Mr Birch's relatives to support them, the force said.

Mr Birch was known to many as “Birchie”.

Detective Inspector Graeme Barr, of Northumbria Police, said: “Our thoughts remain with Simon’s family and we would ask that their privacy is respected at this awful time.

“A man has now been charged with Simon’s murder and I would ask that people refrain from any speculation on social media or in the local community that could prejudice the live case.

“All parties are believed to be known to each other and there is no wider threat to the public.

“I would like to thank the community for their support and co-operation throughout this investigation, as well as all those who have assisted with our inquiries.”

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