Sheffield man ‘unlikely’ to have been killed by a stranger, say police

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The man killed in a brutal attack on his way home from work in Sheffield is ‘unlikely’ to have been killed by a stranger, according to detectives.

But they are still baffled as to the motive for the murder of Simon Holdsworth and are appealing for everyone who knew him to come forward to help them build up a full picture of his life.

Mr Holdsworth, aged 36, was attacked in a field off Birley Spa Lane, Hackenthorpe, after he got off a bus as he made his way home from work after a back shift.

His body was found the following morning and a post mortem examination revealed he had suffered severe head injuries.

He had been struck with a ‘blunt object’.

Detectives want to speak to his friends, relatives, work colleagues and acquaintances to find out as much as they can about the paint sprayer’s life.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Phil Etheridge, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are keeping an open mind regarding a motive for this brutal murder. However, it remains the case that, while we cannot eliminate it totally, it is unlikely that this was a random attack carried out by a complete stranger.

“We are therefore seeking to discover who has done this to Simon, and why. In order to do this, we need to speak to all those who knew him in all spheres of his life, whether this be through work, his love of fishing, his following of Sheffield Wednesday or his personal life.”

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.