Suspect held as family mourn stabbing victim

Mount Pleasant Park where the attack took place
Mount Pleasant Park where the attack took place
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DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a Sheffield man stabbed to death on a city street have arrested a suspect over the killing.

A man aged 24 spent yesterday being quizzed by detectives over the death of Mubarak Ali, aged 23, who was stabbed on Crowther Place, near Sharrow Primary School and Mount Pleasant Park, Sharrow, on Friday afternoon.

Mubarak, of Headford Grove, Broomhall, was rushed to the Northern General Hospital but died from his injuries a short time later.

While police were making house-to-house enquiries and forensic searches at the crime scene, officers flooded the area in a bid to restore calm in the shocked community as tension rose.

Furious friends and relatives of the murder victim were involved in angry exchanges with police officers as they struggled to come to terms with the killing and demanded to know what officers planned to do.

Officers were sent to the hospital where Mubarak died when grieving friends and relatives started congregating outside.

The young man’s family have appealed for anyone with information to contact the police.

His aunt Nimao Bodleh, 28, told The Star: “What we want now is for people to come forward and help the investigation. Anyone who has any idea what happened needs to come forward.”

Mubarak, known to family and friends as Yahya, had just completed a degree in sociology and criminology at Sheffield Hallam University.

He was attacked as he took his younger brother for a haircut at a barber’s.

A man is said to have walked into the shop and asked him outside, where he was stabbed.

Yayha’s 17-year-old brother Abdi Shuker called his family, who rushed to the scene.

Their sister Sagal, 25, was one of the first there. She said: “I got there before the ambulance. He had lost a lot of blood.

“My 17-year-old brother was just sat there, watching his brother die. He is completely traumatised. He was drenched in his own brother’s blood.”

Two police officers, who were at the scene five minutes later, tried to resuscitate Yahya before paramedics arrived.

The Yorkshire Ambulance Service said the first paramedic arrived within six minutes in a rapid response vehicle, followed by another a minute and half later. An ambulance arrived within 11 minutes.

Floral tributes to Mubarak have been left at the scene of the murder in Sharrow.

A police spokesman said: “Detectives investigating the murder of Mubarak Ali, arrested a 24-year-old local man in connection with the enquiry on Sunday.

“Mubarak was found with stab wounds in Crowther Place in the Mount Pleasant Park area of Sheffield at around 12.45pm on Friday, September 30.

“He died later on Friday, in Northern General Hospital. The 24-year-old man who was arrested is currently being questioned by police.”

Floral tributes have been left on the street where Mubarak was attacked.

Sheffield District Commander Chief Supt Simon Torr said: “We had officers at the scene within five minutes of the incident being reported to South Yorkshire Police.

“The first two officers there both commenced CPR and tried to save Mubarak’s life. Mubarak was then taken to the Northern General Hospital and we had officers there who liaised with the family.

“Specialist family liaison officers were later identified and they, together with local police officers, visited the family that evening.

“Senior officers from Sheffield district held meetings with the family and the wider community on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

“The family are satisfied with our work so far and know how seriously we are taking this matter.”

Witnesses, anyone with information or anyone who was in the London Road area of Sheffield at around 12.30pm on Friday should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 2202020 and quote incident number 520 of September 30.