Teenager stabbed to death

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SHEFFIELD teenager Jamie Stuart was stabbed to death in a Sheffield street after a night out.

The 19-year-old, of Orchard Close, Ecclesfield, was attacked on Holgate Avenue, Parson Cross, as he made his way home after leaving a pub.

He was taken to the Northern General Hospital in the early hours of Saturday but later died.

His devastated family yesterday released a photograph of the youngster, but made no comment.

Five people, three men and two youths, were arrested on suspicion of murder. After a day of questioning two men and a youth were last night released without charge.

Holgate Avenue was closed off all weekend while police examined the scene and interviewed residents.

A white forensics tent was erected on the spot where the teenager was found and yellow numbered signs dotted the road around it.

Officers staged a fingertip search of the area and lifted grates looking for evidence.

Mourners left bouquets of flowers at the edge of the cordon. One said: ‘RIP Jamie, gone but never forgotten, Fraser, Rich and Olivia’ another said: ‘Our thoughts are with you, Uncle Steve and Charl’.

People living on Holgate Avenue spoke of their shock at the violent death on their quiet residential street.

Many learned of the incident after being woken and questioned by police in the early hours.

Jessica Stacey, of Holgate Avenue, said she saw blue flashing lights and looked out of the window to see paramedics closing an ambulance door.

She added: “I saw two men pointing things out to police, there was no one on the floor so I presume the man had just been put in the back of the ambulance.

“We are all really shocked.”

Maria Weir, aged 32, of Holgate Avenue, said: “The police came knocking on the door at 1am. I got up this morning and there was police blue tape everywhere.

“I’ve lived here for three years and nothing like this has ever happened, it’s just so awful.”

The victim is believed to have been going home after leaving the White Horse pub on Halifax Road on Friday evening.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Saturday morning.

Officers are still appealing for anyone with any information about this incident to contact the incident room at Moss Way Police Station on 0114 2963014 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.