Police issue statement and murder inquiry launched after man found dead in Sheffield

A murder inquiry has been launched after a man was found dead at the foot of a block of flats in Sheffield this morning.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 11:25 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 5:07 pm

The 54-year-old man was found on Brimmesfield Close, in Arbourthorne, after emergency services were called just before 1.45am today, Tuesday, January 21.

Police said he was pronounced dead shortly after and a post-mortem examination is set to be carried out later today to establish the cause of death.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

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Murder inquiry launched

A cordon is in place at the scene, which is close to where a 12-year-old boy was injured in a drive-by shooting on Northern Avenue on Sunday, January 12.

In the wake of that attack, the estate has been flooded by police officers and four arrests have been made in connection with the shooting.

Police are describing the 54-year-old’s death as ‘suspicious’ but say it is not being connected at this stage to other incidents in the area.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Mark Oughton said: “Officers from within the Major Crime Unit are working closely with detectives in Sheffield to establish the exact circumstances surrounding this man’s death.

Police on Brimmesfield Close in Arbourthorne, Sheffield, where a 54-year-old man was found dead this morning, Tuesday, January 21

“There is currently a cordon outside the flats while officers continue with enquiries and speak to potential witnesses. At this moment in time, this incident is not being connected to any other investigations in that area.

“A 39-year-old man is currently in custody, assisting us with our enquiries in relation to this investigation and I’d like to ask anyone who saw or heard anything unusual in the area last night to contact us.

“Please speak to an officer in the area or call 101 quoting incident number 43 of 21 January 2020. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or submit information via their website at crimestoppers.org-uk.”

Following the shooting, police chiefs vowed to continue stop and search checks on the estate for the foreseeable future, and armed officers have been involved in patrols.