Tributes to man stabbed to death

Victim: Sammy Haughton.
Victim: Sammy Haughton.
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THE family of a Barnsley man who was murdered on Monday night have paid tribute to a much loved ‘son, brother and dad’.

Sammy Haughton, aged 29, was stabbed to death in a disturbance on Colley Crescent, Kendray, on Monday.

Today his family said in a statement: “Sammy was loved by his family and we are devastated by the loss of a son, brother and dad.

“We ask that if anyone has any information about Sammy’s death to contact the police.”

A 36-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder was in police custody yesterday.

Meanwhile, police chiefs said today they had enough detectives and specialist staff to cope with the investigation into Mr Haughton’s death and that of Justin Hague, who was stabbed to death in Rotherham on Saturday night.

Detective Chief Superintendent Martyn Bates, South Yorkshire Police’s Head of Specialist Crime Services, said: “Having two incidents in close succession is not unprecedented, nor that unusual for a force like South Yorkshire.

“In common with most forces, we have a well-staffed Major Incident Team, which has proven to be the best structure to manage homicides and major incidents.”

Anyone with information about the murders should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.