Two murder suspects get bail

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Neighbours of a woman killed in her home in Sheffield have spoken of their shock at her death - as forensic experts continued to search the property while a suspect was quizzed by detectives.

Police were alerted to the death of a 39-year-old woman in a house on Vickers Road, Firth Park, at 11.35am on Sunday and sealed off the property and part of the road.

Officers stood guard outside yesterday while South Yorkshire Police’s major incident team and crime scene investigators combed the property for clues and carried out door-to-door inquiries looking for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious.

Local resident Lisa Ward, 42, said she was shocked to learn of the death.

The mum-of-three, who runs a hair and beauty salon, said: “You never expect things like this to happen so close to you - so when it does it is frightening especially when you have children.

“The police haven’t told anybody what happened yet, so it is a mystery and very concerning when it is on your street.

“I don’t know the family but it is still upsetting to think that somebody has been killed close to where you live.

“We don’t normally see any trouble so for something like this to happen is a real shock.”

Police initially arrested three suspects over the murder - men aged 83, 42 and 20.

Neighbours said they were led out of the house in handcuffs.

Yesterday they bailed the men aged 83 and 20 pending further inquiries while the third suspect remained in custody helping police with their inquiries.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Two men arrested in connection with the death of a 39-year-old woman in Sheffield have been bailed as the investigation continues.

“Police were called at around 11.35am on Sunday to a property in Vickers Road, Firth Park, where the body of a 39-year-old woman was found.

“Three men were arrested on suspicion of murder. An 83-year-old man and a 20-year-old man have been bailed pending further inquiries.

“A 42-year-old man remains in police custody.

“Formal identification has not yet taken place.”

Cathy Cain, 55, who lives on neighbouring Bolsover Road, said: “I don’t feel any different about the area as I don’t know the details. It’s a mixed area, it’s got a bad reputation but I personally don’t find a problem living here. A lot of people hanging around on the street makes for a more interesting community.

“I think the area has a bad reputation and I think the reputation is unfounded. There are things I would moan about and the council needs to be putting more effort in and there are social problems without a doubt.”