Sheffield remains the safest city in the country, police chiefs insist - despite two murders and one ‘unexplained’ death this month alone.
Detectives are currently investigating the vicious killing of 33-year-old Bahman Yusif Amin, who was beaten to death with a baseball bat in Pitsmoor, and the savage murder in Southey of 18-year-old Reema Ramzan, whose head was severed.
Officers are also probing the ‘unexplained’ death of 47-year-old Paul Smith, whose body was found in Parson Cross last week.
Superintendent Martin Hemingway said he acknowledged the murders were ‘very serious and atrocious crimes’.
But he insisted Sheffield remains safe.
“We have to acknowledge that very serious and atrocious crimes, where someone has been beaten in public and someone savagely attacked in their own home, will have created quite understandable fears,” he said.
“We would not seek to diminish that - they are horrific crimes and will shock and disturb people.
“But in the context of the whole picture in Sheffield, violent crime is relatively rare.
“The atmosphere on the streets of Sheffield is completely different to the atmosphere on the streets of other big cities. There is less crime, less anti-social behaviour and less violence.
“That is not to minimise the impact of these atrocious crimes.”
Suspects have been charged in relation to both murder inquiries.
Police have also launched three other murder investigations this year.
Last month 44-year-old George Dunn was stabbed to death in a flat in East Herringthorpe, Rotherham, and in February Dimitrina Borisova, 46, was stabbed to death in Gleadless Valley.
The death in February of three-year-old Lylah Aaron in Shiregreen is also being treated as murder.
Suspects have been charged in all three cases - and Erhan Mehmedov is currently on trial at Sheffield Crown Court accused of Dimitrina’s murder.