A MAN was being questioned by detectives on suspicion of murder last night after a suspected stabbing which has shocked the town of Mexborough near Rotherham.
The full length of Auckland Road, where the victim lived, was sealed off by police yesterday and other parts of the Harlington Road estate were also being treated as potential crime scenes.
It is believed the dead man - a 48-year-old, who has not been identified officially but was named by locals as Chris - was stabbed in or near his property some time over the weekend.
He is believed to have been drinking during the day at The Ferryboat Inn on Church Street.
His body was discovered at about 1.45pm on Sunday.
A post-mortem examination was being carried out yesterday afternoon and the cause of death has not yet been released.
Part of a small playing field off Pym Road was also taped off - and is believed to be the location where a murder suspect was arrested on Sunday afternoon.
Crime scene investigators were also busy outside the GT News shop on Harlington Road, where it is understood there may have been a previous altercation involving the arrested man on Sunday morning.
The shop was also taped off yesterday and supervisor Lesley Keogh was forced to sell morning papers from the boot of her car round the corner.
She said: “I don’t think I knew the chap who died but I know the one they’ve arrested. He often comes in.”
Officers spent Sunday evening and Monday carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the neighbourhood asking local residents if they had seen or heard anything.
One resident said: “There was a guy outside the flat shouting on Saturday night, I don’t know if it’s connected.
“People are really shocked. The man who died is known by a lot of people locally.”
South Yorkshire Police said they had arrested a 44-year-old man for being drunk and disorderly outside the GT News shop on Sunday morning, and he was charged to appear in court later this month before being released on bail.
In relation to the suspected murder, they issued a further statement adding: “A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday and remains in police custody today.”