Police issue new appeal one week on from murder of Sheffield man

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Police will be handling out posters and leaflet in a Sheffield suburb tonight - one week on from the murder of a man on his way home from work.

Officers will be patrolling the streets of Hackenthorpe looking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious on the night 36-year-old Simon Holdsworth was killed.

The paint sprayer, whose son turns four tomorrow, was killed last Monday night.

His body was found in a field off Birley Spa Lane the following morning.

A post mortem examination revealed he suffered severe head injuries.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Phil Etheridge said: “We know there were people in the vicinity of the bus stop as Mr Holdsworth got off the number 120 bus close to the Hogs Head pub.

“He would have then headed towards the pub itself and the field behind Rainbow Forge Primary School.

“His usual route home would have taken him across that field. However, as we know, Mr Holdsworth never made it home that night.

“Shortly after getting off the number 120 bus, he would have encountered his attacker or attackers.”

Mr Holdsworth finished work at FBS Prestige in Intake, where he worked as a sprayer, at 10.55pm last Monday.

A colleague gave him a lift to a bus stop in Mansfield Road, close to the Noah’s Ark pub, where he got on the number 120 First Bus shortly after 11pm.

Mr Holdsworth was captured on CCTV getting off the bus at his usual stop, in Birley Spa Lane, around 10 minutes later.

Det Supt Etheridge added: “Today, one week on from the shocking and horrendous murder of Simon Holdsworth, I would urge people to cast their minds back to what they were doing a week ago today, from around 11pm onwards.

“Were you in your house in Birley Spa Lane or Delves Road? Have I Got A Bit More News For You was on BBC1. The film Cliffhanger was just starting on ITV. Perhaps you were thinking about going to bed.

“Did you hear a noise from outside? Any shouting, raised voices, or distinctive car movements? Anything you might have seen or heard, however apparently insignificant, could prove vital to our investigation.

“I am reiterating my appeal for residents in Hackenthorpe to check their gardens and shrubbery for anything that isn’t yours and if you think it might be relevant to our investigation, no matter how small, please contact us. We are still looking for a murder weapon.”

Call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.