Man arrested over murder of Simon Holdsworth

Police have arrested a 45-year-old Sheffield man on suspicion of the murder of Simon Holdsworth.

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House to house inquiries in murder hunt

Hunt for Simon Holdsworth's killers continues Credit: Calendar news

Police investigating the murder of 36-year-old Simon Holdsworth in Sheffield will be carrying out house to house inquiries today in the hunt for his killers. The body of Mr Holdsworth, from Hackenthorpe, was found in a field off Birley Spa Lane in the morning of December 17th last year.

He was on his way home from work when he was attacked just a short distance from his home. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from head injuries, which had possibly been inflicted with a blunt object.

Detectives widen search to those who knew Simon

Simon Holdsworth Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Simon Holdsworth in Hackenthorpe, Sheffield, are appealing to all those who knew him to contact them as they reveal it's "unlikely" that his killer was a stranger.

South Yorkshire Police say they're seeking to establish the fullest picture of Mr Holdsworth's life and are urging friends, family, colleagues and acquaintances of the 36-year-old to get in touch.

Temporary Detective Superintendent Phil Etheridge, who is leading the investigation, said:

“We have already appealed to those who may have seen anything suspicious in the Birley Spa Lane area of Sheffield, or those who travelled on the bus with Simon as he made his final journey back to Hackenthorpe, to get in touch with us.

“However, we are now widening that appeal in a bid to find out as much as we can about Simon’s life.

“We are keeping an open mind regarding a motive for this brutal murder. However, it remains the case that, while we cannot eliminate it totally, it is unlikely that this was a random attack carried out by a complete stranger.

“We are therefore seeking to discover who has done this to Simon, and why.

The body of Mr Holdsworth, from Hackenthorpe, was discovered in a field off Birley Spa Lane in the morning of Tuesday 17 December 2013.

He was on his way home from work when he was attacked just a short distance from his home. A post-mortem examination revealed he died from head injuries, which had possibly been inflicted with a blunt object.

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