Postive response to Doncaster murder probe

The scene of a murder investigation in Doncaster after the death of Karl Smith
The scene of a murder investigation in Doncaster after the death of Karl Smith
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DETECTIVES leading a murder investigation in Bentley say they have received a ‘positive’ response from the public to their appeal for information.

Karl Smith, aged 25, died after paramedics were called to his home on Brougton Avenue, Bentley, last Sunday.

Police say he is thought to have been involved in an altercation near The Drum pub on Watch House Lane on Saturday night, and had suffered head injuries.

Officers appealed for information following his death.

Det Supt David Barraclough said today: “We have had a very positive response from the public, and we would like to thank them for that.

“The local community is continuing to assist police in their inquiries.

“At this stage of the investigation we are unable to advise on whether we are going to arrest any more suspects, as inquiries are still ongoing.”

Officers arrested an 18-year-old last week, but have since released him on police bail pending further investigations.

An inquest into Karl’s death may be opened next week, but a spokesman for the Doncaster coroner’s office said no date had yet been set.

Tributes to Karl have been left both outside The Drum pub and outside his home.

They include flowers and Leeds United shirts.

The former Don Valley School pupil left a partner, Andrena, and a two-year-old daughter.

Tributes to Karl have also been left on the social networking site Twitter.

A post mortem examination has been unable to determine the cause of death, and laboratory tests are expected to reveal more information.

Det Supt Barraclough has renewed the police appeal for information into Karl’s death.

Anyone who can help him with the investigation should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident 62 of Sunday, August 26, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.