Street shock as teen held on suspicion of murder in Barnsley

The scene of the murder at Highfield Avenue in Barnsley
The scene of the murder at Highfield Avenue in Barnsley
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A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 52-year-old man died of head injuries at a house in Barnsley.

Forensics officers were combing the scene at the home on Highfield Avenue, Athersley South, for clues yesterday while detectives made house-to-house inquiries and the property was taped off.

Police were first called at 8.20pm on Saturday to reports of a 52-year-old man with a head injury.

Paramedics attended but the man later died and the boy, aged 17, was arrested.

A police spokesman confirmed he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Neighbours on the street said there had been a party at the property where the incident took place.

One neighbour, who asked not to be identified, said: “There was a party there all day on Saturday.

“I was out for a lot of the day but I came home to find the blue flashing lights everywhere at about 9pm.

“We’ve never had anything like that happen before so it is quite a shock.”

A man, a woman and a young man were said to live at the house.

Another neighbour added: “The CID came around last night talking to the neighbours - we knew that somebody had died.

“They were asking people if they had heard or seen anything, but I didn’t hear anything else.”

They said: “You don’t expect it, do you, on your own street? I only know the people who live at the house by sight really.”

A police spokesman said officers were investigating the ‘suspicious death’.

She added: “Officers were called to a property at around 8.20pm on Saturday, August, 22, to reports of a man with a head injury.

“The man has sadly died.”