Fresh appeal for information over Simon Holdsworth killer

Detectives are appealing for information following the murder of 36-year-old Simon Holdsworth as he walked home from work in Sheffield.

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Fresh appeal for information over Simon Holdsworth's murder

Police in Sheffield have today made a special appeal for information as they continue to try and find the killer of Simon Holdsworth.

Simon Holdsworth

Officers say they know people were outside in the Birley Spa Lane area around the time the 36-year-old was killed, and they are urging them to come forward as they may hold vital information.

Mr Holdsworth was on his way home from work when he was attacked near a field in Hackenthorpe on December 16th.

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Gold chain missing from murdered Sheffield man

Simon's body was found in a field in Hackenthorpe Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Sheffield man, Simon Holdsworth, have revealed that a gold chain worn by him is missing.

A mobile phone also used by the 36-year-old has not been located and officers believe that Mr Holdsworth would have had the items on him at the time of his death.

Simon was believed to be carrying a phone like this at the time of his death Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Simon's body was found in a field in Hackenthorpe on the 17th December, 2013. The paint sprayer, who had been working extra shifts to pay for his upcoming wedding, was last seen travelling home on the night of the 16th.

However, he never made it home that night. His body was found by a member of the public the following morning.

Reward offered in Sheffield murder investigation

Simon pictured with his fiancee Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information on the murder of Simon Holdsworth in Sheffield.

Mr. Holdsworth was found beaten to death near his home in Hackenthorpe after leaving work at about 10.55pm on December 16th.

He had been working extra shifts to pay for his wedding to fiancée Carleen McKeown with whom he had four-year-old son, Tiarnan.

If you have any information on what happened to Mr Holdsworth please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police on patrol for clues to Hackenthorpe murder

Police on patrol near Birley Spa Road

South Yorkshire Police have made a fresh appeal tonight in Sheffield - a week after the killing of Simon Holdsworth on his way home from work.

Officers have been on patrol in Hackenthorpe , handing out leaflets and posters.

They hope it'll jog the memories of anyone who may have seen Mr Holdsworth on his way from the bus stop in Birley Spa Lane. His body was found the next day - he'd suffered severe head injuries. His employer has revealed Mr Holdsworth was working extra shifts to pay for his wedding next August.

Sheffield police step up campaign to find Simon's killer

The poster released by Police hoping to find clues to Simon's murder Credit: South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police are making a fresh appeal tonight in Sheffield - a week after the killing of Simon Holdsworth on his way home from work.

Officers will patrolling in Hackenthorpe, handing out leaflets and posters.

They hope it will jog the memories of anyone who may have seen Mr Holdsworth on his way from the bus stop in Birley Spa Lane.

His body was found the next day - he had suffered severe head injuries. His employer has revealed Mr Holdsworth was working extra shifts to pay for his wedding next August.

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Murdered Sheffield man working extra shifts to pay for wedding

Simon Holdsworth with his fiancee Credit: South Yorkshire Police

A hard-working family man murdered on his way home in Sheffield had been working extra shifts to pay for his wedding, his boss has said.

Paint sprayer Simon Holdsworth, 36, was beaten to death last Monday night after catching a bus to his home in Hackenthorpe.

Players at his beloved Sheffield Wednesday wore black armbands for their Championship game against Bournemouth in tribute to the season-ticket holder.

South Yorkshire Police has released CCTV footage taken from the number 120 bus he was on in the hope of identifying passengers.

Mr Holdsworth caught the bus in Mansfield Road, Intake at around 11pm after finishing work.

He and another passenger got off in Birley Spa Lane about 15 minutes later and set off in opposite directions. Police believe he was attacked minutes after leaving the bus.

Simon had been working extra shifts to pay for his wedding Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Mr Holdsworth's body was found at 6.30am on Tuesday in a field opposite the bus stop.

He worked for 16 years at FBS Prestige and his manager Paul Essex said he was a much-liked, friendly and popular member of staff.

Mr Essex said: "During the last shift he ever did, Simon was in a bubbly and cheerful mood as he'd just that day booked the time off work for his wedding and honeymoon in August.

"He'd worked here for 16 years and was one of life's grafters. Over the past few weeks he'd been working extra hours to save up for his wedding which we know he was really excited about."

Boss pays tribute to murdered worker

Simon pictured with his fiancee Carleen Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The manager of a paint spraying company where Simon Holdsworth worked have been paying tribute to him. The 36-year-old was killed on Monday night after catching a bus to his home in Hackenthorpe in Sheffield. Paul Essex, Simon's manager has described him as "dedicated and hard working"

"During the last shift he ever did, Simon was in a bubbly and cheerful mood as he'd just that day booked the time off work for his wedding and honeymoon in August. He'd worked here for 16 year and was one of life's grafters.

Over the past few weeks he'd been working extra hours to save up for his wedding, which we know he was really excited about. Simon was gentle, kind and loved by everyone. He would never have hurt anybody and I can't understand why anybody would want to hurt him."

Paul Essex, FBS Prestige Sheffield

Bus passengers may hold clues to Sheffield man's murder

Police want to identify people travelling on a bus who may have clues about about the murder of a man on his way home from work. Simon Holdsworth who was 36-years-old was beaten to death on Monday night after catching a bus to his home in Hackenthorpe in Sheffield.

Mr Holdsworth caught the bus in Mansfield Road in Intake at around 11pm after finishing work. He and another passenger got off in Birley Spa Lane about 15 minutes later and set off in opposite directions. Police believe he was attacked minutes after leaving the bus.

Yesterday South Yorkshire police released CCTV footage taken from the number 120 bus in the hope of identifying passengers and anyone who may have seen him getting off.

"I believe people on the bus or near the bus stop on Birley Spa Lane

may have vital information for us about his murder.

"Bus passengers and people near the bus stop may have seen or heard something

that could provide the vital piece of information that will lead me to the

person or people who attacked and killed Simon."

– Detective Superintendent Phil Etheridge, South Yorkshire Police

Family's heartbreak over father's murder

The family of Simon Holdsworth - who was beaten to death as he made his way home from work - have spoken of the devastating loss of a devoted son and loving father.

As detectives try to find a reason as to why he was so brutally attacked on Monday night, his mother and fiancee today made an emotional appeal for help in bringing his killers to justice. David Hirst reports.

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