Rotherham murder - man in court

Police at Swinburne Place, Rotherham.
Police at Swinburne Place, Rotherham.
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A South Yorkshire man has appeared in court charged with murder following the death of a man in Herringthorpe.

Anthony McCall, aged 55, from Kimberworth, Rotherham, appeared before Rotherham Magistrates’ Court charged with the murder of 59-year-old Michael Riches.

Mr Riches was found by police officers who were called to a bungalow in Swinburne Place, Herringthorpe, at around 7.30pm on Sunday after receiving reports that a man had been assaulted.

He was found to be suffering from life-threatening injuries and an ambulance was called.

Mr Riches was taken to Rotherham District General Hospital, but he died later that evening, police said.

Mr McCall, who according to neighbours was a friend of Mr Riches, was arrested at the scene.

He was taken to Rotherham Police Station where he was charged with murder on Monday.

McCall was remanded in custody by magistrates and is due to appear at Sheffield Crown Court for a preliminary hearing tomorrow.

Shocked residents in Swinburne Place told The Star the area is normally very quiet.

Police officers taped off the bungalow where the incident is alleged to have taken place.

Detectives are currently awaiting the results of a post mortem examination which was carried out by pathologists on Monday and will establish how Mr Riches died.

Anyone who may have information which could assist the investigation is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.