Rotherham murder victim was stabbed

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A man who died after being found injured in a flat in Rotherham had been stabbed, police have revealed.

George Hepburn, aged 44, of East Herringthorpe, was found in a flat on Greenfield Road, Herringthorpe, on Thursday night, but died at the scene.

Police said he had suffered multiple stab wounds.

Officers spent the weekend searching the flat, while detectives continued to question two suspects held on suspicion of murder.

Police have also been searching an area of grassland opposite the flat.

Residents woke yesterday morning to find officers, examining the large area of open space opposite the murder scene.

Five officers walking side by side to cover every inch of the grassland.

The block of flats was still sealed off yesterday morning along with the road outside.

Bouquets of flowers have been left next to a lamppost at the edge of the police cordon, with one card reading ‘you will be missed’ and another saying ‘RIP’.

A man aged 39 and a 45-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of murder, remained in custody yesterday.

Shocked neighbours were woken from their sleep at 1.30am on Friday by police officers calling at their homes to establish whether they had seen or heard anything suspicious.

They said the flat where the murder was committed was occupied by a man and a woman.

Yesterday a police tent remained outside one of the entrances to the flat.

n Anyone with information should phone South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 1185 of Thursday, May 23.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted on 0800 555111.