The family of a man who died following an incident in a north-east village have paid tribute to a “loved and amazing son, husband, father and brother” after a man was charged with his murder.
Anthony McGladrigan was found injured at a property in Greeness near Cuminestown in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The 51-year-old was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary by ambulance but died.
Police confirmed a 20-year-old man has been charged with murder following the incident and is expected to appear in court today.
A 22-year-old man who was arrested on Wednesday has been released by officers pending further inquiries.
In a statement released by Mr McGladrigan’s family yesterday, they said his death had left them “devastated” and he would be “missed every day”.
They said: “Tony was loved, brave and an amazing son, husband, father, brother and exceptional friend. He will be missed every day.
“The family are devastated and would like privacy at this difficult time.”
It is understood Mr McGladrigan worked at the Chop bar and grill in Aberdeen but management yesterday declined to comment.
Last night, grieving friends took to social media to pay tribute to Mr McGladrigan.
Gary Stott said: “This is really sad news. I worked with Tony a couple of times many years ago. He was a great guy and a good boss.”
Helen Bundoc posted on Facebook: “Tony was one of the nicest and most genuine people I have ever met. He was always lively and a good laugh.”
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid said Mr McGladrigan’s death had come as a ” huge shock” to everyone living in the area.
He said: “We do not yet know the circumstances of this death, but I am sure residents will welcome the swift action from the police.
“This will have come as a huge shock to the local community in and around Cuminestown.
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr McGladrigan at what must be an extremely difficult time.”
Officers said it was an “isolated incident” and there was no threat to anyone else in the community.
They added there would be a “significant police presence” in Cuminestown and Turriff during the course of their investigation.
Police cordoned-off a property in Greeness on Wednesday.
Forensics officers in white suits could be seen removing items from a bungalow before loading them into a waiting van.
Police have renewed their appeal for any witnesses to come forward as they continue their investigation.
Anyone with information should call 101.