Police issue new appeal for help in cracking Sheffield murder

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Detectives today issued another appeal for information about a Sheffield man’s last moments alive before he was attacked as he walked home from work.

Simon Holdsworth, aged 36, was bludgeoned to death after he got off a bus in Hackenthorpe following a shift at FBS Prestige in Intake, where he worked as a paint sprayer.

His body was discovered the following morning behind a hedge in field close to the Hogs Head public house and Rainbow Forge Primary School.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Phil Etheridge said he has a 50-strong team working on the case.

He said he believes it ‘unlikely that it was a random attack’ and urged people in and around Delves Road and Birley Spa Lane on the night of the attack - Monday, December 16 - to come forward.

“We know that people were out and about in the vicinity of Birley Spa Lane on the night and we need to speak to as many of them as we possibly can to create the fullest picture of activity in the area,” he said.

“We need to know who fatally attacked Simon Holdsworth as he made his way home from work that night and why.

“This was a brutal and tragic crime which has torn apart an ordinary, loving, hard-working family.

“I would urge anybody who holds any information at all, however apparently insignificant, to call us straight away. Let us be the judge of how important the information you hold is.”

Det Supt Etheridge said the key to cracking the case is discovering everything about Mr Holdsworth’s life.

He said understanding his life would help them establish a possible motive for the murder.

“We need to hear from anyone who may have know someone who had a grudge against Simon, someone who perhaps was in dispute with Simon, or someone had a motive to take his life,” he added.

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.