A murder investigation has been launched today after the body of a man with serious head injuries was discovered on a road in Sheffield last night.
Police were called to Staniforth Road in Darnall at 11.23pm on New Year’s Eve - and it is believed there was an assault involving a ‘number of men’ shortly before they arrived.
The man - who has not yet been identified but is understood to be in his twenties - was found unconscious in the road and despite treatment from paramedics, died shortly afterwards.
Now police have issued an appeal for information while extra patrols have been put on in the area.
Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley, who is leading the investigation, said: “At this early stage our main focus is finding out who this man is establishing the circumstances leading to his death in the last hour of New Year’s Eve.
“We believe there were a number of men involved in an assault shortly before officers arrived at the scene where the man was found unconscious and despite treatment from paramedics sadly died a short time later.
“While I understand that incidents like this are worrying for those living locally we have increased patrols by neighbourhood officers to reassurance residents.
“The public often play a key part in any investigation and I would like to hear from anyone who saw an assault in the area of Staniforth Road last night around 11pm. I would also urge anybody who may have been involved in the altercation to contact police and provide me with their version of what took place.
“This investigation is a priority and will have all the resources you would expect to establish what took place and ensure anyone responsible for this man’s death will face the full consequences of their actions.”
A post mortem on the man’s body is due to take place to find the exact cause of death.
Witnesses or anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact police via 101 and quoting incident reference number 1023 of the 31 December.