Murder victim’s mum in plea for ‘justice’ for son

SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE: Joshua Green, 27, who died following an incident at the Stars and Mayfair Party Suites, in Sheffield, in the early hours of New Year's Day.

SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE: Joshua Green, 27, who died following an incident at the Stars and Mayfair Party Suites, in Sheffield, in the early hours of New Year's Day.

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THE heartbroken mother of a Sheffield man stabbed to death on a city dancefloor has described him as a ‘wonderful dad’ who was always ‘laughing and joking’.

Sarah Thompson paid tribute to her son Joshua Green, of Manor Park, three weeks after he was murdered while celebrating the turn of the New Year.

The father-of-two was attacked in the Stars Suite, Queens Road, just 40 minutes after he arrived at the venue with his brother in the early hours of Sunday, January 1.

Staff, friends and fellow revellers battled to revive him, but he died at the scene.

Speaking for the first time, his grieving mum said she wants ‘justice for Josh’ and urged anyone with information to come forward and help police catch the killer.

Mrs Thompson said: “The police have not yet identified and charged his killer. I ask that if anyone saw Josh that night, or saw what happened to him in the club that they come forward to the police and help.

“Josh was a father of two beautiful little children, he was a wonderful dad and loved his children dearly - they are now left fatherless.

“Josh was a good brother and a kind son, everyone loved him, he had such a happy personality, always laughing and joking. I miss his smiling face.

“During this last year, Josh seemed to settle down and mature, he had decided to apply to university to study IT and do something with his life, for his children.

“Josh has now lost his life. It was taken from him in a cruel way, while he was out enjoying himself and celebrating.

“No-one deserves to die in this way, so if anyone has any information please, I ask of you, speak with the police and help us get justice for Josh.”

Detective Superintendent Andy Thompson said: “The investigation team has spoken to numerous people, but we’re aware many others have not come forward.

“I wish to encourage anyone who was at the party or anyone with information to speak to us in confidence.

“Extensive forensic work is ongoing and a number of people have been arrested and released on bail in connection with our investigation.”

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call South Yorkshire Police on 101, or, alternatively, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.