VIDEO: Murder investigation as dead man is named

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Local people said they were worried for their safety after the man’s body found on wasteland in Parson Cross, Sheffield, became the focus of a possible murder investigation yesterday.

Police said the body was that of 47-year-old Paul Smith from Parson Cross.

Police at the scene of the Incident on Holgate Crescent Parson Cross

Police at the scene of the Incident on Holgate Crescent Parson Cross

The discovery in Parson Cross Park was made by a dog walker near the entrance off Holgate Crescent on Thursday at 1pm.

Yesterday South Yorkshire Police confirmed they are treating Mr Smith’s death as ‘suspicious’ and have launched an investigation.

All entrances to the park were taped off, and the area was still manned by officers last night.

Residents living near the park said they were shocked and concerned.

One man, who did not wish to be named, said he was worried for the safety of his family.

“My girlfriend walks through there and I wanted to know if it was safe because it’s not the first time there have been problems.”

Another shocked resident said: “There hasn’t been any news from the police and residents are worried sick.

“It makes you scared to leave the house because you don’t know who is about.”

Craig Thompson, of nearby Holgate Road, said he was concerned something serious had happened when the police tape was not removed within the first few hours.

“I drove past there on my way to work on Thursday and saw the police, but I was surprised to see them all still there yesterday. He might have died there or just been left there, you don’t know.”

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident 549 of June 13.