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Murder inquiry launched on Sheffield estate

Police seal off the murder scene Credit: ITV Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for information and witnesses after the murder of a 31-year-old man on the Wensley Estate in Firth Park, Sheffield.

Officers were called out just after midnight on Sunday 10 September following reports that a man had been injured. He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

An area of the Wensley Estate remains taped off for forensic work Credit: ITV Yorkshire

"If you have any information, please call us on 101 quoting incident number 3 of 10 September 2017. Or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– South Yorkshire Police
Police cordon still in place at murder scene Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Man charged with manslaughter in Castleford body inquiry

A 47-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a man in Castleford.

Police at Gannet Close in Castleford

The body of 39-year old Jeffrey Howarth was found on Thursday at a property on Gannet Close.

Ian Robinson, from Castleford, was charged last night with manslaughter and will appear before Wakefield Magistrates tomorrow. He remains in police custody. 

A 25-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of murder on Saturday in relation to this case, has now been released on bail.


Police granted more time to question man over East Yorkshire farm death

A man is still being questioned by police on suspicion of murdering a 59 year old woman at a farm in east Yorkshire

Murder victim Fiona Southwell Credit: Humberside Police

Humberside police were today granted more time to talk to the 21-year-old man, arrested following the death of Fiona Southwell in Seaton near Hornsea on Friday.

Detectives have appealed for potential witnesses who were using the old railway tracks on Friday to contact them.

Detectives continue to question 21-year-old over East Yorks murder

Detectives are questioning a 21-year-old man about the murder of a woman in East Yorkshire.

Murder victim Fiona Southwell Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The body of Fiona Southwell, who was 59, was found at a farm in Seaton near Hornsea on Friday evening.

Police are carrying out forensic work at two properties in the area and are asking for the public's help to "piece together the circumstances of her death.

Police appeal after East Yorkshire murder

Detectives appeal for information after the murder of Fiona Southwell
The remote farm where Fiona Southwell's body was found Credit: ITV News

“Fiona Southwell’s death is being treated as suspicious and a team of detectives from the Major Incident Team and other departments are carrying out a large number of enquiries to establish how she died and identify the those responsible.

“We are supporting the victims’ family and keeping them informed about developments in the case.

“There has been an arrest in connection with the murder, however we still need the public’s help in piecing together the circumstance of Fiona’s death.

“I would specifically like to speak to anyone using the old railway track between Hull and Hornsea between 7am and 7pm on Friday 15 July who may have seen something suspicious or untoward.

“The track passes the farm and is well used by cyclists and walkers and would urge people using the track to call us think if they can help. Your information no matter how small could hold the key to establishing the circumstances of Fiona Southwell’s death.

“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting log 517 of 15/07/6 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Tony Cockerill


Arrest after murder in East Yorkshire

Murder victim Fiona Southwell Credit: Humberside Police

A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a 59-year-old woman in Seaton.

The victim, Fiona Southwell, was found at a farm on Friday 15th July.

Police say a 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody being questioned by detectives.

There are cordons at the farm on Goxhill Lane, Seaton, and a further address in Hornsea as part of the investigation.

Police name Hyde Park murder victim

Detectives investigating a murder in the Hyde Park area of Leeds have named the victim.

Michael Ayres Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The body of Michael Ayres, 60, was found close St Augustine's Wrangthorn Church Hall, by fire crews who had been called to a report of a bin on fire in the area on Saturday evening.

Police arrested a 61-year-old man from Leeds in connection with the incident last night. Two others, aged 37 and 50, who were arrested on Saturday evening suspicion of murder, remain in police custody.

Forensic teams investigate after a body is found near a church hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

We have now informed Mr Ayres family about his death and they are understandably devastated.

We are still keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of St Augustine's Wrangthorn church hall in the period leading up to when Mr Ayres' body was found. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw three men pulling a wheelie bin along Hyde Park Terrace at about tea-time on Saturday.

While we are still establishing the full circumstances surrounding his death, we can say that this appears to have been an incident involving people that are known to each other and there is no threat to the wider community in that area."

– Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police

Two men held after a body found in Leeds

Forensic teams investigate after a body is found near a church hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have arrested two men and launched a murder investigation after a body was found in Hyde Park Terrace in Leeds.

The body, which is yet to be identified, was found close to Wrangthorn Church Hall by fire service personnel, who had been called to a report of a bin on fire in the area at about 7pm on Saturday evening.

West Yorkshire police said two men, aged 37 and 50, from the Leeds area are in custody.

“Enquiries are obviously at a very early stage and we are yet to confirm the circumstances of this person’s death.

“I would like anyone who was in the area this evening who may have seen any suspicious activity to contact police on 101, or to report it anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

– Det Supt Simon Atkinson Homicide and Major Enquiries Team

Murder probe launched after body found in Sheffield

A murder investigation has been launched in Sheffield after the body of a man was found in the Darnall area of the city on New Year's Eve.

Murder investigation underway after man's body found in Sheffield

Police were called to an area of Staniforth Road, near to the junction with Frederick Street, at 11.23pm, where the body of a man was found with serious head injuries

Investigations are ongoing to identify the man, who is believed to be aged in his twenties, and a post mortem is due to take place today to find the exact cause of death.

At this early stage our main focus is finding out who this man is establishing the circumstances leading to his death in the last hour of New Year's Eve.

"We believe there were a number of men involved in an assault shortly before officers arrived at the scene where the man was found unconscious and despite treatment from paramedics sadly died a short time later.

"While I understand that incidents like this are worrying for those living locally we have increased patrols by neighbourhood officers to reassurance residents.

"The public often play a key part in any investigation and I would like to hear from anyone who saw an assault in the area of Staniforth Road last night around 11pm. I would also urge anybody who may have been involved in the altercation to contact police and provide me with their version of what took place.

"This investigation is a priority and will have all the resources you would expect to establish what took place and ensure anyone responsible for this man's death will face the full consequences of their actions."

– Det. Chief Inspector Steve Handley, South Yorkshire Police

Any witnesses or anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact police via 101 and quoting incident reference number 1023 of the 31 December.

Part of Staniforth Road is expected to remain closed for most of today while the scene continues to be forensically examined.

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