TRIBUTES have been paid to a “much-loved” dad believed to have been knifed to death on Christmas Day.
Cops confirmed a 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after Simon Birch sadly died from his injuries.
Cops were called to an address in Newbottle, Tyne and Wear, on Saturday after being alerted by the ambulance service.
A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Emergency services attended and found 39-year-old Simon Birch of Sunderland with a serious injury consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.
“Despite efforts by paramedics, sadly he died at the scene.”
Tributes have since flooded in for the 39-year-old dad-of-two.
Simon’s mum and dad, Ian and Jennifer Birch, told the Northern Echo their son was a “much-loved son, father, brother and uncle”.
The devastated parents added Simon was “loved by so many who knew him”.
They said: “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.”
His daughters, Brogan, 18, and Georgie, 13, told the paper: “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.”
Lead investigator on the case Detective Inspector Graeme Barr praised the family for their braveness and cooperation during the difficult time.
Family liaison officers are working with Simon’s loved ones as the investigation continues.
Northumbria Police confirmed they arrested 34-year-old Adam Jenkins “a short while after” the incident.
He has been charged with murder.
A spokesman for the force 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 enquiries.”
Anyone with information was asked to call police on 101 or use Northumbria Police’s Tell Us Something page on their website.