VIDEO - Man killed and second seriously injured in Rotherham ‘machete’ attack

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A shopkeeper has been killed and another man seriously injured after a suspected machete attack in Rotherham this afternoon.

South Yorkshire Police said emergency services were called to Grosvenor Road, Eastwood, shortly after 2pm.

Police at the murder scene in Grosvenor Road, Rotherham.

Police at the murder scene in Grosvenor Road, Rotherham.

A police spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene, one man was found dead and a second man seriously injured. The second man has been taken to hospital where he remains undergoing treatment.

“The incident follows sightings of a man brandishing a machete in Eastwood and Rotherham town centre.

“The investigation is at an early stage and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

“A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

Cordoned off section of the Tesco supermarket.

Cordoned off section of the Tesco supermarket.

“At present there is a large police presence is in the area and this will remain in place to reassure residents.”

Omar Mehban, a friend of the dead man, said: “He was a wonderful, happy man, great to get on with. It’s his wife and kids I feel so sorry for. He should’ve been celebrating Eid tomorrow.

“It’s shocking, hard to believe.”

Witnesses reported seeing a man with a machete running through the streets, before being Tasered by police officers in the Tesco supermarket car park, off Market Street.

Richard Cattley Tweeted: “A man has just ran past me in Rotherham town centre wielding a machete covered in blood shouting move. Police everywhere.”

Rich Sharpe Tweeted: “Hear that a machete-wielding man had to be Tasered whilst running through the town centre.”

And Chloe Leah Tweeted: “It’s so different watching a man on television and videos with a machete, but when you actually drive past him in Rotherham... shookup.”

Tesco said it was co-operating with police.