Murder investigation launched following death of Ramsgate dad Archie Ward

A man has been charged following the death of Archie Ward. Main photo Lindsey Tomlinson

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Ramsgate.

Kent Police was called at 5pm yesterday ( Sunday 18 June) after 40-year-old Michael Ward – best known as Archie – collapsed in Bush Avenue.

Officers attended along with medical professionals from South East Coast Ambulance Service but Mr Ward was declared dead at the scene.

It was reported that he had driven to Bush Road after suffering a single stab wound to his thigh during an earlier altercation in St John’s Crescent. A knife believed to have been used in the incident has been seized by officers.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody. He and the Mr Ward were known to one another.

Shocked friends have paid tribute to Archie, a dad and scaffold firm worker, saying the former Hereson student was “a top man” and “loving dad.”

His brother Stuart has issued a plea for people not to knock at their parents’ home to offer condolences due to family illness.

Photo Chloe Ramos

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are handling the investigation and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

Call the appeal line on 01843 222289 quoting reference 18-1031. Alternatively call Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.