TWO people are in custody after police confirmed they are working on a ‘fast paced’ murder investigation following the death of a stabbing victim in a “shocking and distressing” incident.
Detectives confirmed on Monday evening that a murder investigation had been launched following the death of an "adult male" in Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, on Sunday night, and a second person has been arrested in connection with the incident.
The detective leading the investigation has urged social media users not to post images or videos of the incident online, saying this could be "distressing" for the victim's family.
A forensic postmortem examination carried out yesterday (Monday) concluded the victim died as the result of a stab wound.
A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday afternoon, while a 25-year-old man arrested earlier in the day remains in police custody.
A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Emergency services were called at 7.16pm on Sunday evening to reports a pedestrian had been involved in a collision with a car on Herringthorpe Valley Road.
“As officers arrived at the scene to begin their initial enquiries, they also received reports that the individual may have been stabbed.”
Det Chief Insp Mick Hakin, who is overseeing the inquiry, said the investigation remained in its early stages and detectives were “moving at a fast pace to understand the circumstances surrounding what happened".
He added: "We currently have two people in custody arrested on suspicion of murder.
"Whilst we have identified the victim who is an adult male, not a child as had been speculated on social media, we await formal identification and are supporting the victim’s family with specially-trained officers.
“I appreciate that this type of incident is shocking and distressing for the local community and we will have officers working in the area for some time as our investigation continues.
“I’d urge anyone considering posting images or videos of this incident online to think about the significant distress and upset this could cause the victim’s family and loved ones, and to deter from doing so.
“If you do have any information that could help us determine what happened, please get in touch.”
You can speak to South Yorkshire Police online, through live chat, or by calling 101 – please quote incident number 768 of June 26. You can also contact the investigation team directly via the Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) at Public Portal (mipp.police.uk).
If you have footage or photos that may assist the investigation, you can email these to firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to quote the incident number in the subject line.
Alternatively, you can stay completely anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers via their website – www.crimestoppers-uk.org – or by calling their UK Contact Centre on 0800 555 111.