‘No stone left unturned’ in murder investigation

Victim: Joshua Green, 27, who died following an incident at the Stars and Mayfair Party Suites, in Sheffield, in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Victim: Joshua Green, 27, who died following an incident at the Stars and Mayfair Party Suites, in Sheffield, in the early hours of New Year's Day.
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DETECTIVES have seized hundreds of potential exhibits from a Sheffield party venue where a dad-of-two was stabbed to death on the dancefloor - in their quest to leave ‘no stone unturned’ in the hunt for the killer.

Joshua Green, aged 27, was killed when violence flared at the Stars and Mayfair Party Suites, Queens Road, Sheffield, in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Joshua was on a night out with his brother, and had been at the all-ticket R’n’B party less than 40 minutes when he was attacked.

Friends, relatives, staff and fellow partygoers battled to revive him, but he could not be saved.

Two men, aged 19 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail pending further inquiries.

Detectives investigating the knife attack had the party venue cordoned off and under police guard until Thursday - 11 days after the murder - while search teams continued their examination of the premises.

They have carried out extensive fingerprinting, seized CCTV footage, and taken blood samples from the venue.

But they have also seized and logged every single glass and bottle found scattered around the party suite, as well as anything else left behind when it emptied after the attack.

Some weapons were found and they are also being tested.

Detective Superintendent Andy Thompson, leading the hunt for the killer, said his search teams were committed to ensuring every possible shred of evidence from the scene is recovered and recorded.

All of the items seized will be stored, and may eventually need to be forensically examined to prove who was there on the night of the attack.

There are 110 exhibit bags so far, but some of them contain multiple items, including one with 30 glasses inside.

Det Supt Thompson said: “It has been a huge undertaking to search the venue to ensure everything possible in there, such as glasses and bottles, has been recovered and logged.

“We have carried out extensive searches of the premises, we are still trawling through CCTV footage, and we are still interviewing witnesses and people we know were inside that night.

“There were over 400 people in there so you can imagine how many items we had to recover from inside.

“Not everything will be examined immediately, but items can be if we need them to be.

“We are leaving no stone unturned.”