March 9 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The family of a man stabbed to death in his own home have said his death “has left a great void” in all their lives.
Joseph Griffiths died on Saturday after a violent attack at his home in Hazlebury Road, Fulham.
A post mortem found the 73-year-old businessman had been fatally stabbed.
In a statement released by his family, they said: “Joe was a husband, father and grandfather, he was a successful businessman who embraced life and lived it to the full.
“He took great pride in his business and it gave him immense satisfaction that three generations of the Griffiths family were employed there.
“Joe’s sudden and tragic demise has shocked and saddened all who knew and loved him, and has left a great void in all our lives. We will miss his forthright views and wicked sense of fun.
“Joe leaves behind a wife, two sons and seven grandchildren, who all completely adore and miss him.
“The support from our friends, our customers, old and new has been overwhelming, we greatly appreciate it.”
Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information following the stabbing, which happened just before 6.20am.
There were other people in the house at the time but none were injured.
Officers are retaining an open mind as to the motive, but one line of inquiry is that Mr Griffiths disturbed an intruder.
An incident room has opened at Belgravia Police Station under Detective Chief Inspector Steven Lawrence of the Homicide and Serious Crime Command (HSCC).
He said: “We continue to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anyone suspicious prior to or after this incident or anybody who has any information which would assist us.
“We are conducting house to house inquiries in an around Mr Griffiths’ home and forensic examinations are also ongoing.”
Anyone with information call 020 7321 7228 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
There have been no arrests at this stage.