Residents on the street where a man was murdered claim they are ‘prisoners in their own home’ – too afraid to go out after dark.
Locals in Greenland Drive in Darnall, Sheffield, voiced concerns for their safety after a 42-year-old man was attacked in his flat and later died.
The man, who has not been named, was rushed to hospital but could not be saved.
Yesterday a man in his 20s, who was arrested on suspicion of murder, was being quizzed by detectives while officers stood guard outside the flat.
Door-to-door inquiries were carried out as forensic experts in white suits examined the scene.
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Police were alerted at 1am yesterday after paramedics discovered the seriously injured man.
Shocked neighbours said they want to move away from Darnall. One 68-year-old woman told The Star: “I feel like a prisoner in my own home at night - I won’t go out.
“We have lived here for 20 years but as soon as it goes dark I don’t go out any more.
“Gangs stand around in the stairwells to the flats, and we don’t see the police as much as we would like, though I know they can’t be here 24/7.”
Another local, James Oxby, 69, added: “I am Darnall born and bred but the area has changed for the worse. It is not even safe in the day – there are stabbings, muggings, it is horrendous now.
“I feel immigration has had a lot to do with the change – people getting priority for housing while others get placed on a no hope waiting list. It has altered the feel.”
One 22-year-old mum, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s horrible. I heard a noise and came out at 4.30am and there were loads of police right outside my house.
“They blocked all the flats off next door. It’s a real shock.
“I knew it was bad because of the number of police officers here but I’d never have thought it was a murder. I only moved here in July and I was told it was a nice, safe place.”
Grandma Muriel Stewart, 74, who has lived on the street for 15 years, said: “It was a shock when I took the dog out this morning and saw all the police outside. It’s getting worse around here. There are kids hanging about spitting, fighting, standing in gangs.
“I’ve never had any trouble, but I do feel uneasy living here.”
Frank Travis, 72, and his wife Jean, 67, said they want to move. Frank said: “I have lived in Darnall all my life, and when I saw all the police outside I knew it was either a murder or a rape - something really serious. The area is not the same anymore. We would move if we could.”
Jean added: “It used to be quiet but I won’t go out on my own any more. I wish the council would move us.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman confirmed: “A murder investigation has been launched after a man died following an assault at his home.
“Police were called by the ambulance service after a man was found with serious injuries at his home in Greenland Drive, Darnall. The 42-year-old was taken to hospital but died later. A post mortem examination will take place to establish the cause of death.”
Superintendent Shaun Morley added: “This was an isolated incident and a man remains in police custody.
“However, we understand the community’s concerns and for that reason we have increased patrols in the area to reassure residents.
“There is also a dispersal order in place within Darnall to prevent anti-social behaviour, which is currently being enforced by local officers.
* Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.