Police were today hunting the killer of a man found dead on grassland near a primary school in Sheffield.
The body of the man, in his 30s, was discovered behind Rainbow Forge Primary School in Hackenthorpe.
A post mortem examination revealed he had died from severe head injuries.
It is believed he had been assaulted before being found by a passerby off Birley Spa Lane at about 6.30am yesterday - close to the Hogshead pub.
The man has not yet been formally identified by police, although his family has been informed.
Detectives are now trawling CCTV footage and have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries to piece together what happened.
“We heard sirens first thing,” one shocked resident of nearby Delves Road said.
“I didn’t think anything of it but I came out at about 7am to go to the shop and all the police cars were here.
“When I came back there were a lot more police cars, and forensics with their white suits and hoods up. They were taking photos down the street, at the pub, round the side of the pub.
“There were police cars coming and going all morning. At one point there must have been well over half a dozen, plus the ambulance and paramedic.”
Temporary Det Supt Phil Etheridge, who is leading the investigation, said he urgently needed to hear from anyone who was in the area of Birley Spa Lane from around 10.30pm on Monday.
He said: “I would appeal to members of the public to come forward and speak to us if they saw anything suspicious in the Hackenthorpe area on Monday night or early on Tuesday morning, however apparently insignificant.
“You may have seen something that proves vital to this enquiry.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 149 of December 17. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.