Police have launched a homicide investigation after a man was fatally stabbed in Edgecumbe this morning.

Police arrived at the scene on Hydro Rd and found a critically hurt 45-year-old man, who died short time later.

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Police say a 23-year-old man has been charged with assault and that further charges are likely.

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He is due to appear at Whakatane District Court tomorrow.