Sheffield park attack victim dies

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AN internationally-renowned businessman has died of his injuries three weeks after being attacked in a Sheffield park.

Anthony Power, aged 78, from Bradway, never fully regained consciousness in the Northern General Hospital after the attack in High Hazels Park, Darnall.

A man being held by police on suspicion of attempted murder could now be charged with Mr Power’s murder.

South Yorkshire Police temporary Detective Inspector Martin Tate said: “We have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder and are now in discussion with the CPS about changing the charge to murder. We are still investigating and we would like to hear from more witnesses.

“It’s sad. Mr Power was a fit 78-year-old, enjoying the trappings of his business, and had gone to the park in an act of kindness.”

Mr Power was in Darnall in a search for his elderly brother, who lives in the area.

Detectives believe he may have been targeted for the keys to his luxury Bentley car.

A spokesman for his company, Panache Lingerie, based at Drake House, said: “It has come as a great shock to us all that founder and former chairman Anthony Power has passed away with his family around him at the Northern General Hospital.

“Anthony Power established Panache, the lingerie manufacturer, over 30 years ago as A, J and D Marketing after working for many years in the lingerie industry.

“An entrepreneur, Anthony Power built up the business now known as Panache Lingerie from scratch. The company employs over 170 staff worldwide in Sheffield, New York, Germany and Hong Kong offices, with Panache’s brands sold in over 38 countries worldwide.

“In 2007, at the age of 73, grandfather-of-eight Anthony handed over the role of chairman and managing director to his son, John Power, who occupies this position today alongside his brother Danny Power, who is business development director in what is an extremely close, family-run company with over 120 employees in the local area.

“The thoughts and prayers of everyone within Panache are with the Power family.”

Panache supplied retailers including Debenhams and House of Fraser, and was endorsed by celebrities including US actress Scarlett Johannson and British TV presenter Holly Willoughby.

It received a Queen’s Award for Export in 2002, presented by the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire.

Ana Santi, deputy editor of Drapers, the trade magazine of the UK fashion industry, said: “Mr Power was well known although he had taken a step back in recent years, and a lot of people will be saddened to hear the news of his death.

“To have grown a business in the way he did within 30 years or so, which is quite young for a brand, is incredible. “Panache always pushed the boundaries to offer the best-fitting bras, particularly for larger cup sizes..”

■ Imran Khan, aged 30, of Handsworth Road, Darnall, has been charged and remanded in custody in connection with the attack on Mr Power on Monday, October 8.