Sheffield’s worst murder case in decades

Herries Road murder scene
Herries Road murder scene
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Horrified neighbours heard blood-curdling screams as a woman was murdered in ‘horrendously violent’ circumstances in Sheffield.

Emergency services said the scene, at flats on Herries Road, Shirecliffe, was among the worst they had witnessed in decades.

Reema Ramzan

Reema Ramzan

Police last night named the victim as 18-year-old student Reema Ramzan, from Darnall

A post-mortem examination yesterday found the victim died ‘from a severe knife attack’.

A man also in his 20s, found with knife wounds in the road, was yesterday arrested in hospital on suspicion of murder.

Eye-witnesses described him emerging from the flats ‘with his nipple gouged out’

Reema’s relatives have today spoken of their devastation at her death.

In a statement they said: “We are devastated as a family at the loss of Reema, a loved daughter and sister.

“We cannot believe that this has happened to someone we love so much.

“We ask that if any person has information about what happened to Reema that they contact South Yorkshire Police.

“We ask at this time to be left as a family to grieve and try to come to terms with what has happened.”

Neighbours said the flat, on the second floor of the block, had been occupied by a young Asian couple for a year.

Police said the murder is being ‘treated as a domestic incident’ and they are ‘not seeking anyone else’.

Quashing rumours, a senior South Yorkshire Police officer added: “There is nothing to suggest at this stage of the investigation this is an honour-based killing.”

David Blunkett MP, whose Brightside and Hillsborough constituency includes Herries Road, said: “Clearly we can’t under any circumstances have this kind of horrendous violence in the community, and I hope all those involved in the wider family will cooperate with the police.

“This tragic incident appears to relate to a long-standing relationship, and I hope it will not lead to any related family or community reverberations.”

The man is later believed to have attacked medical staff trying to help him in A&E.

Charlie Carruth from Unison said rumours were circulating the Northern General Hospital that a medic had been attacked when the suspect was admitted for treatment for his chest injury. “Staff have clearly heard about the incident,” he said.

The arrested man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Emergency services were called to the scene, near the junction with Galsworthy Road, just after 5pm on Tuesday.

Angela Smith, 55, whose mother lives in the flats, said the victim was a ‘pretty little thing’.

“She had long, black curly hair. They didn’t say much, but she’d smile at you then carry on walking. She was only small and didn’t look old enough to be in her 20s.

“The lad seemed to go away for a while, and a few members of the family moved in, but a couple of months ago he came back.

“Everyone’s in shock. The older residents are really frightened.”

Lee Campbell, 40, who lives in adjoining flats, said: “The woman living below me heard her screaming. I’ve never seen the victim before. He’s skinny and small. It’s so shocking. You don’t expect a murder next door.”

Andrew Bowgen, 43, who lives directly above the couple’s flat, said: “I saw the man with his nipple gouged out. There was a big wound on his chest and he was bleeding.”

A handful of Herries Road residents watched as the woman’s body was taken out of the flat in the early hours yesterday. A police cordon at the scene was due to be removed today.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident 802 of June 4, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.