Police patrol suburbs after fatal stabbing

Murder victim Mubarak Ali.
Murder victim Mubarak Ali.
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HIGH-visibility police patrols are still being carried out in the community where a Sheffield man was killed and the suburb where he lived.

Officers are carrying out regular patrols in Sharrow, where 24-year-old Mubarak Ali, was stabbed to death outside a city barber’s on Friday, September 30.

They are also patrolling Broomhall, where the Sheffield Hallam University student lived with his family on Headford Grove.

The patrols have been ordered in an attempt to provide reassurance to the two communities after the stabbing on Crowther Place.

James Lewis Knowles, 22, of Deer Park Road, Stannington, Sheffield, has been charged with murder and remanded in custody until his case is at Sheffield Crown Court next week.

Police are still investigating the incident and looking for anyone with information to come forward.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “In the immediate aftermath of Mubarak’s death patrols were increased in the area.

“While a major incident team is still working on the case, the area is now being monitored by officers from the Broomhill and Sharrow Safer Neighbourhood Team, who are carrying out regular high-visibility patrols and community engagement.

“The community has been left shocked by this incident. They don’t expect to see knife-related crime in daylight hours on a busy Friday afternoon.”

She said the communities affected by the stabbing had provided a good response to appeals for information to help police crack the case.

“Detectives have had a good response from residents, but there may be some people still to come forward and we’d urge them to contact us,” she added.

“We’d like to appeal for anyone who saw or heard any events surrounding a disturbance involving Mr Ali on Abbeydale Road around lunchtime on Friday, September 30, to contact the incident room.”

Coun Mohammad Maroof, whose ward covers both Broomhall and Sharrow, said both communities were still in shock.

“There is still a sense of shock that something like could happen on a Sheffield street in broad daylight,” he said.

“The community is pulling together and helping the police by providing evidence and information about the case but they still want to hear from people who may know something but have not yet come forward.

“The police seem to be doing a good job but what worries me in the climate of cuts is that we are seeing many young people who are unemployed and that figure is rising day by day.

“I think it is going to become even more and more important for communities and the police to work together with other agencies as well to make sure our streets are safe and to do this we need to concentrate on engaging youths with positive activities.”

n Anyone with information should call 0114 293162 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.