A MAN has been charged with the murder of a Southampton grandfather who was found dead at a property in the city.

Joshua Perry, of Bursledon Road, Southampton, has been charged with the murder of 70-year-old John Perry, who was also from Southampton.

The 28-year-old has also been charged with possession of a bladed article and possession of a controlled drug of Class B.

It comes after John Perry’s body was found in a flat on Bursledon Road just after 9pm on February 5.

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Joshua Perry will appear before Southampton Magistrates' Court on Monday, February 10.

Earlier today family members paid tribute to John Perry, describing his as "a father, brother, grandfather and raver".

In a statement, released through Hampshire Police, his family said: “It saddens us to announce the untimely death of our beloved dad, John Perry.

“John lived a vibrant life, full of adventure and laughter, always doing his best to support the people that mattered most to him.

“John was a father, brother, grandfather and raver.

"His enthusiasm for love and life, contagious hilarious personality and terrible dad jokes, always brought smiles to the faces of his family and friends.

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"That's why we loved him and we should continue to share memories of John with smiles on our faces.

"Although none of us had a real chance to say goodbye, he would want us to celebrate his colourful life in style. John, Dad, we love you. May you forever rest in peace.”