Murder probe into death after attack

Police guarding the murder scene in Swinburne Place
Police guarding the murder scene in Swinburne Place
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Murder probe into death after attack on South Yorkshire street

Police were called to Swinburne Place, Herringthorpe, Rotherham, following reports that a man had been assaulted.

When officers arrived they found a 59-year-old man with serious injuries.

He was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital for treatment but later died.

A 55-year-old man was arrested at the scene and was quizzed by detectives yesterday on suspicion of murder.

Police officers taped off a bungalow where the assault is believed to have occurred and officers stood guard yesterday to protect the crime scene.

Neighbour Paul Senior, aged 49, said: “The man who has died and his friend were always walking backwards and forwards to the shop.

“It is sad that something like this has happened here – it’s such a quiet place normally, so it unnerves you.”

Neighbour Albert Meekin added: “I knew the victim and his friend.

“I had no problems with them at all. They always spoke and had a laugh with me.

“It was a shock to see the ambulance and stretcher coming out and at first I thought somebody must have been ill so to find out police are treating it as murder is shocking and upsetting.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.