'This isn’t a surprise' - neighbours react to news of Sheffield murder

“Something like this isn’t a surprise.” Neighbours have responded to the news of a murder on a Sheffield street.

On Saturday (7 March) South Yorkshire Police confirmed a murder investigation has been launched after a 23-year-old man died following a stabbing on Woodthorpe Road on Friday evening.

Emergency services were called to the incident at around 8.10pm. The victim died at the scene.

One nearby resident, who did not want to be named, lives in a house on Woodthorpe Road with his wife and three children next to where the police cordon was in place on Saturday morning. He said: “I finished work at 1am then came home. My wife told me something had happened outside. I just saw police and they said ‘Don’t worry’. They didn’t speak to us this morning.

“My wife just told me there were police outside. I told her ‘Stay at home and lock the door’.

The man, who emigrated to England from the Middle East, added: “It’s not a good area at all. There’s teenagers and fights always. My family has been racially abused four times.

“Something like this isn’t a surprise.”

Mourners laid flowers at the scene this morning, which was guarded by an extensive police cordon on Woodthorpe Road and part of Hastilar Road South. Six police vehicles were also present.

The police cordon in place on Saturday morning. Two officers stood outside one property on Woodhouse Road within the cordon.

A police officer stood guard outside a house on Woodthorpe Road within the cordon.

Another neighbour said: “I just saw the police chopper about 8.30pm when I was going to work. There were a lot of police cars.”

Mourners laid flowers at the scene this morning.