Tributes paid to stabbing victim

Church Street Thurnscoe floral tributes
Church Street Thurnscoe floral tributes
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FLOWERS and tributes have been left outside the house where a South Yorkshire man was stabbed to death.

Bouquets of flowers have been placed underneath police tape cordoning off the crime scene.

Detectives are trying to piece together why 36-year-old Philip Smith was killed and who was responsible for the attack on Church Street, Thurnscoe, Barnsley.

A framed photo has also been placed among the flowers, along with cards left by friends and relatives shocked at the stabbing.

Philip, of Stotfold Drive, Thurnscoe, collapsed outside the house and was rushed to Barnsley District General Hospital but could not be saved.

One of the cards left with a flowers, refers to Philip as ‘Daddy Phil’ and said he was loved and missed by Emily.

Another, left by Mandy and Paul, describe him as a ‘fantastic brother’.

The card reads: “You will be missed loads.”

Another message left on a card says: “You will be sadly missed, always remembered and always loved.”

The house, on Church Street, has been extensively examined by forensic experts, but remained sealed off yesterday.

A man arrested on suspicion of murder, following the attack at 4.30pm on Saturday, remained in custody yesterday.

Police said there was an altercation before violence flared and Mr Smith was stabbed.

Detective Chief Inspector Tom Whiteley, who is leading the hunt for the killer, said: “Some of the scene has been released, but the house where the attack took place is still cordoned off and could remain so for a while.

“We are pleased with the response we have had from the public so far, but if there is anyone who knows anything and has not yet come forward we would urge them to.

“This is still a critical investigation with questions still to be answered and we still have a full major incident team working on it.

“Extra patrols are also being carried out by district officers to reassure residents that this is still a safe place to live - we believe this was a targeted attack.”

n Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 789 of January 28.