Sheffield community 'shocked' and 'saddened' as police investigate alleged murder on their doorsteps

Residents in a Sheffield suburb say they are ‘shocked’ and ‘saddened’ after police launched a murder investigation in their ‘normally quiet’ community.

Saturday, 30th January 2021, 7:50 pm

Officers revealed this evening that a third person has been arrested on suspicion of murder after emergency services were called to reports a man had been assaulted on South Road, High Green.

The 45-year-old man was sadly pronounced dead while being taken to hospital after the incident at about 1am this morning.

A 31-year-old man is the third person to be arrested after a 25-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were arrested this morning, and all three remain in police custody.

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Residents in High Green are 'shocked' and saddened' by news a murder investigation has been launched after an incident on South Road.

High Green resident Paul Monks, 46, said the area was ‘normally quiet’ and he had been shocked to see the number of police officers and vehicles on South Road earlier today.

"It’s quite reassuring in a way to see the numbers of police about, although it was a shock at first,” he said.

"I hope they manage to sort it as soon as possible so we can go back to normal.”

At nearby High Green Stores, a staff member said she had been surprised by the incident and one shopper, who asked not to be named, said ‘she could not believe it could happen around here’.

Outside the nearby Co-op store, Dawn Bell, 49, said she had first heard the news from her partner this morning.

"He came in and said there were loads of police officers on South Road, which is pretty close to where we live,” she said.

"It’s good to hear there have been arrests already as otherwise it would be pretty worrying.

"I’ve not lived around here that long and it is a shock when things like that happen, especially at the moment with lockdown and the virus.

"Most of all though I’m just saddened to hear this has happened to this poor man and his family.”

Formal identification of the 45-year-old and a post-mortem examination are yet to take place.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesperson said enquiries are ongoing and there will be a police presence in the area for some time while investigations continue.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 54 of 30 January.

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