Knifeman on loose as pensioner stabbed to death in park

A search is underway for a knifeman who stabbed a pensioner to death in Sheffield. The man, who was in his 70s, was found with stab wounds to his chest off Shortbrook Close, Westfield.

Local police were called to the scene just before 11pm on August 9 and say they have detectives “working around the clock”.

No arrests have been made as of yet, but police say “extensive” enquiries are underway.

Detective Superintendent, Nikki Leach, from the Sheffield command team said: “We know that those in the local community, and more widely in Sheffield, will be really shaken and concerned by this incident yesterday evening.”

She said: “I want to reassure the public that we have detectives from across the force working around the clock on this case to piece together the circumstances of what happened which led to a man being stabbed and very sadly losing his life.”

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South Yorkshire Police were called to an area of parkland off Shortbrook Close in Westfield, Sheffield just before 11pm. Officers attended along with the ambulance service but the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have been informed and is being supported by officers.

Detective Superintendent, Nikki Leach added: “We are really keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the Westfield area yesterday evening and seen anything out of the ordinary which may assist our enquiries. Were you walking or driving through the area and did you see something unusual? Did you walk your dog through the parkland earlier that evening and see someone acting suspiciously?”

“Even if you have a little bit of information you may think is irrelevant, it might be a really small piece in a bigger puzzle, which may be vital in identifying the person responsible for causing a man to lose his life.”

The police are appealing to those with dashcam footage or CCTV in the surrounding area that could help with the investigation.

Contact 101 and quote incident number 1192 of August 9. Or if you wish to stay anonymous, you can contact Crimestoppers on  0800 555 111 or complete a simple and secure anonymous online form.

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