A MURDER inquiry is underway after a man was killed early today at a New Year’s Eve party in Sheffield.
South Yorkshie Police today cordoned off the Stars and Mayfair Party Suites on Queens Road.
Detective said they received reports of a disturbance at a private party being held there at 2.47am.
The venue is a set of party suites which, according to its web site, caters for functions for 50 to 700 guests, including weddings and birthday parties.
The area was cordoned off this morning, with police and scenes of crime forensic officers in white overalls going in and out of the building. A number of police vehicles were parked outside.
It is in a large building and was well-known in the city for many years as a casino and ice rink complex. The venue is situated on a main road - one of the busiest routes into Sheffield from the south and just a short walk from the city’s main railway station.
Passers-by said they were shocked by the death.
One pensioner said: “It’s a terrible way to start a new year, isn’t it?
“People going out just to have a good time and then this happens.”
Police have yet to reveal the victim’s age and other details.
But a spokesman appealed for information and said: “Officers understand a confrontation led to a man being assaulted, sustaining injuries from which he died.
“The investigation is in its very early stages with enquiries at the scene likely to continue throughout today.
“We are wanting to hear from anyone with information who attended the function or anyone who witnessed any trouble.”
The spokesman asked for witnesses to contact South Yorkshire Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 516 of Sunday January 1.
Alternatively he said anyone with information could call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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