DETECTIVES investigating a murder at a New Year party in Sheffield today named the victim as 27-year-old Joshua Carl Green - who was stabbed to death.
Officers were called to the Stars and Mayfair party suites on Queens Road, off Granville Square, at 2.50am yesterday.
South Yorkshire Police said they think the victim was assaulted during a confrontation.
He died at the scene, around a mile from Sheffield city centre.
Forensics officers dressed in white suits spent yesterday going in and out of the building, which also holds the Grosvenor Casino.
A police spokesman said: “Officers understand a confrontation led to a man being assaulted, sustaining injuries from which he died.
“This incident happened at a busy event with more than 400 people in attendance.
“Police are continuing to investigate a number of lines of inquiry to identify the person or people responsible for the man’s death.
“We are wanting to hear from anyone with information who attended the function, or anyone who witnessed any trouble.”
Formal identification of the victim was confirmed this afternoon. A post-mortem examination was due to take place last night or this morning.
Stars and Mayfair is a private party establishment with room for 700 people, which advertises as a venue for weddings, birthdays and corporate events.
Regulars at the Queens Road Social Club, directly opposite the venue, said a large group of people had been milling around outside in the early hours of the morning.
One man said: “When I went home at 12.30am there were about 50 people outside Stars and Mayfair, all shouting.
“They weren’t fighting when I saw them, but it seems like every time there is a party at that venue there is some trouble.
“The police are often there.”
Another man, who left Queens Road at 11.30pm, said rumours had circulated that the dead man had been to help a friend during a fight, but was stabbed.
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.”
Men and women drinking at the nearby Farm Road Sports and Social Club said they did not notice anything untoward during their New Year’s Eve celebrations.
The first they knew something had happened was when they saw police cars at the site yesterday.
Police asked for witnesses, including people who attended the function, to come forward.
A spokesman added: “Anyone with information who attended the function or anyone who witnessed any trouble is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 516 of Sunday, January 1.
“Alternatively people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”