Barnsley murder victim named

Murder victim William O'Hara
Murder victim William O'Hara
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Police have named a man who died following a disturbance at a working men’s club in South Yorkshire.

William O’Hara, aged 60, was left with life threatening injuries after an incident at Thurnscoe Coronation Working Men’s Club, Thurnscoe, Barnsley, on Saturday afternoon.

He was rushed to Barnsley District General Hospital for treatment but was unable to be saved and died on Monday night.

South Yorkshire Police said officers were called to reports of a disturbance the club at around 5pm on Saturday, March 29.

The force said Mr O’Hara, known to his friends as Willy, was socialising at the venue when he became embroiled in an ‘altercation’ with a 53-year-old man, who has since been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Mr O’Hara, who was known to his friends as Willy, was socialising at the club when it is alleged he became involved in an altercation with a 53-year-old man.

“Early indications from the post mortem examination conducted today on Tuesday suggest that Mr O’Hara died as a result of a head injury. However, further tests are being carried out.

“Three people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

“A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

“A 38-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and perverting the course of justice.

“A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. Both have been bailed while the investigation continues.”

Police officers cordoned off the club following reports of the incident while investigations were carried out at the scene.

They also carried out door to door inquiries in the area looking for witnesses to the disturbance.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.