A MAN murdered at a New Year’s Eve celebration in Sheffield was stabbed to death on the dancefloor - where friends, relatives and fellow partygoers battled to save him.
Joshua Carl Green, aged 27, of Manor Park, Sheffield, was stabbed at a ticket-only R‘n’B party at the Stars Suite on Queens Road - where a knife arch had been installed to keep weapons out.
Police said an ‘altercation’ broke out on the dance floor, and Joshua was knifed.
Paramedics rushed to the scene but Joshua, who was on a night out with one of his brothers, could not be saved and was pronounced dead.
Another man and a woman were also stabbed, and both needed hospital treatment.
Police said 434 revellers attended the party, and officers are trying to trace as many of them as possible.
Footage from CCTV cameras in and around the venue is being examined, and forensic experts combed the Stars Suite and surrounding area which was yesterday still cordoned off and under police guard.
Det Supt Andy Thompson, leading the hunt for the killer, urged everyone in the club on the night of the murder to come forward.
“Using a weapon and taking someone’s life can never, ever, be justified and that’s why we need people to come forward and help us,” he said.
“Joshua had been out celebrating New Year’s Eve with one of his brothers, and we know that after 2am they attended Stars.
“They purchased some drinks and, shortly afterwards, Joshua became involved in an altercation during which he sustained a fatal stab wound inside the club itself, on the dancefloor.
“He was tended to by friends and family and others before paramedics arrived, but unfortunately he died in the club.
“I want people to come forward if they were in the club so we can trace and eliminate them - it is very important that people tell us what they know about the attack. They can do so in confidence.
“It’s very important that we establish exactly what happened and who was involved, so the person or people responsible can be identified, arrested and prosecuted.”
The venue complex also houses a casino and roller skating rink, which were both open for business as usual yesterday. Staff spoke of their shock at the murder.
Keith Cole, company secretary at PHL Leisure which owns the Stars Suite, said: “Everybody is obviously shocked - this was a young lad at a private function. All our staff are assisting the police as best they can and the police have all our CCTV footage - we have an extensive CCTV system.
“This was a New Year’s Eve event - it was all ticket. Everybody there was known to the organiser.
“The casino and skating rink are open again but the Stars Suite is still a crime scene and is likely to remain closed until the end of the week.”
Sheffield’s District Commander Chief Superintendent Simon Torr said: “We are treating this very seriously and want all witnesses to come forward. We are keeping an open mind as to what the motive was.”
He added: “Violent crime is 15 per cent down this year on last, and we have also seen a reduction in gun and knife crime. People are safe to go out in Sheffield.”
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 516 of January 1. The incident room can be called directly on 0114 296 3159 and Crimestoppers can be called on 0800 555 111.