Man, 26, arrested as body of dad is found at home

Police at a house in Mapplewell, Barnsley, where the body of Alan Cartwright (known as 'Tosh') was found earlier in the week

Police at a house in Mapplewell, Barnsley, where the body of Alan Cartwright (known as 'Tosh') was found earlier in the week

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A MURDER investigation has been launched following the discovery of a dad-of-two’s body in his South Yorkshire home.

The 55-year-old, who has not been officially identified but has been named locally as Alan Cartwright, was found dead at his home on Darton Lane, Mapplewell, Barnsley, at around 8.30pm on Tuesday.

Police launched a murder inquiry when the results of a post mortem examination were received.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said the findings led detectives to believe the death was “suspicious”.

A 26-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and was still in police custody last night.

A police car was yesterday parked on the driveway of the house, which was still under police guard.

Shocked neighbours said they had seen two ambulances outside the property on Tuesday night but few realised that Mr Cartwright - known as Tosh - had died. They said he was a father-of-two who lived alone.

Residents said Mr Cartwright, who was originally from Barugh Green, had lived in Mapplewell for years but kept himself to himself and did not socialise with neighbours.

The police spokesman said: “A 26-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is helping police with their inquiries.

“South Yorkshire Police are investigating the death of a Barnsley man who died on Tuesday.

“Police were called to an address in the Mapplewell area of Barnsley where the body of a 55-year-old man was found. A post mortem examination was carried out which has led to detectives treating this death as suspicious.

“A 26-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.”

The murder probe is the ninth launched in South Yorkshire over the past six weeks.

There has also been one manslaughter.

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