A MAN who was allegedly murdered in Poole has been named by detectives.

Police were called to a report of a stabbing an at address in Rossmore Road at 7.36pm on Sunday, August 9.

Officers attended, along with the ambulance service.

Local 66-year-old man Gary Ballett sustained a stab wound to his abdomen was taken to hospital for treatment.

He died in hospital the following morning. His family is being supported by specially trained officers.

A post-mortem examination, which took place on Tuesday, August 11, concluded that Mr Ballett died as a result of a stab wound to his abdomen.

Christopher John Stocks, aged 53 and of Poole, was charged with his murder on Wednesday, August 12.

Stocks is due to appear via video link at Poole Magistrates' Court on Thursday, August 13.

DCI Jez Noyce, of Dorset Police’s major crime investigation team, said: “Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which authorised the charge.

“Our thoughts remain with Mr Ballett's family during this extremely difficult time and we will continue to support them.

“It is important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

“I would like to remind the public that this matter is now the subject of active court proceedings and the individual charged in connection with this investigation has a right to a fair trial. It is important that there should be no commentary or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially prejudice these proceedings.”