Murder probe launched as man found dead near Sheffield flat

Police at a property on Luton Walk
Police at a property on Luton Walk
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A MURDER investigation was launched after the body of a man was found at the bottom of a flight of stairs in a Sheffield flat.

The 49-year-old, who has not yet been named, was found fatally injured on Lupton Road, Lowedges, in the early hours of yesterday.

Police arrested a 36-year-old Lowedges man on suspicion of murder yesterday morning and held him in custody throughout the day.

Detectives are trying to establish whether the man, pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 5am, fell to his death or was pushed.

The flat was sealed off and kept under police guard yesterday while officers carried out house-to-house enquiries to establish whether residents saw or heard anything suspicious.

Forensics experts in white suits combed the flat for clues and a post mortem examination was carried out to establish the cause of death.

A police spokesman said: “Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 49-year-old man from the Lowedges area of Sheffield.

“Emergency services were called to an address on Lupton Road at around 5am on Monday.

“One man from the Lowedges area has been arrested in connection with the man’s death.”

Kevin Ford, 53, who lives in a neighbouring block of flats, said: “I don’t know what happened but I was up at 2am and saw two guys walking away - one who I know - and I just left it at that. When I got up in the morning I saw all the police outside.

“I just saw someone leaving in the early hours and I thought it was a bit strange.”

He said he saw the dead man’s body being taken away from the flat but did not know if it was a neighbour whom he used to talk to in the street.

“He used to keep himself to himself until a couple of months ago and then there were always people coming and going.”

Julie Arnold, 49, who lives on the same street, said she heard an ambulance pull up outside the flat at 4.15am.

“I didn’t see anything but when I saw the forensics there I knew something serious had happened,” she said.

“There’s a lot of coming and going from the flats and I don’t know many people who live there.

“During the week it is fairly quiet here, but at weekends you get a lot of people outside them and I have heard arguments from that direction.

“Nothing surprises me on this estate any more but it’s the first time I have known anything like this so close to home.”