A MURDER investigation has been launched after a South Yorkshire man was stabbed to death in his own home.
Police said 40-year-old James King, known locally as Jock, was found at 6.30am on Saturday.
Officers yesterday sealed off his semi-detached home in Tadcaster Close, Denaby, Doncaster, with police standing guard outside to preserve the crime scene.
The street was also cordoned off with police taped at both ends while officers carried out door-to-door enquiries looking for residents to shed some light on the circumstances surrounding the death.
Police revealed Mr King had been stabbed and a 36-year-old man and 33-year-old woman were arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder.
They spent the day being quizzed by officers.
Residents said there were regular callers to his home at all times of the day and night.
One man, who does not wish to be named, said: “We had reported him to the police and council but nothing was done about him.
“There were always people coming and going at all timers.
“I am shocked that he has been killed but not surprised.”
Another man said: “When the police came knocking I told them what I knew – that there were always people calling at his house.” Doris Stevens, aged 73, who lives on a neighbouring street, said: “I am shocked that there could be a murder so close to where I live.
“It has really made me scared – it is getting to the point now where people are beginning to feel like prisoners in their own homes. Things like this make you frightened to go out.
“It used to be a good close knit community but it’s changing.
“I have even had to put cameras up at my house because of the things people are doing – they have started trying to glue up my key hole.
“A murder is something you never think will happen near to where you are.
“I have heard it is drug related and if that’s the case it is hard to have sympathy when people are involved with them.”
n Anyone with information about the murder or those who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in Denaby in the early hours of Saturday should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.