Family pay tribute to “quiet, private man”

Essex police have formally identified a man who was found deceased in Colchester last week as 52-year-old Gordon McGhee.

A murder investigation was launched after Mr McGhee’s body was found at a flat in Forest Road, Greenstead, on Wednesday, August 22.

In a tribute, his family said: “Gordon was a quiet, private man who was loved very much and will be greatly missed.

“We ask that we are left to grieve in peace at this sad time.”

Danny Bostock, 32, of Berberis Walk, Colchester has been charged with murder and attempted arson with intent to endanger life and is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court today, Wednesday, August 29.

Detectives are continuing their appeal for information and would like to talk to anyone who was in the areas of Forest Road, Hawthorne Avenue or Avon Way in Greenstead between 2am and 6am on Wednesday, August 22.

Those with information, dash cam or CCTV footage are asked to contact Stanway Major Crime Team on 101 or email

You can also contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or by using the anonymous online reporting tool.