Second murder probe launched after attack

Scene of serious assault at Colley crescent, Kendray
Scene of serious assault at Colley crescent, Kendray

DETECTIVES in South Yorkshire are working around the clock on two murder probes after a second fatal attack in two days.

They are investigating the death of a man – named locally as Sammy Haughton – at a house on Colley Crescent, Kendray, Barnsley.

It was reported in the early hours of yesterday, just 48 hours after another man was stabbed to death 12 miles away in Brinsworth.

Police said the Barnsley victim was aged 29 and died following a ‘disturbance’.

Locals said he lives on the same street and was stabbed to death.

The victim was treated at the scene by paramedics but they were unable to revive him.

A 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and questioned yesterday.

Shocked residents woke to find their neighbour John Green’s house cordoned off with police tape and police cars parked outside.

Officers stood guard at both ends of a second outer cordon in the freezing cold stopping anyone other than residents from going to or from their homes.

South Yorkshire Police said a full forensic search of the crime scene was carried out yesterday.

Officers also carried out house-to-house enquiries in the hope of finding people who may have seen or heard anything suspicious.

Residents, who found their road sealed off yesterday, gathered at both ends of the cordon desperate for police to tell them what had happened.

They spoke of their shock at rumours circulating in the close-knit community that the victim may have been stabbed.

Sarah Smith, a 26-year-old mum-of-one, who lives on the same street, said: “When I woke up and saw all the police activity outside it was scary – not something you want you children to see.

“The police didn’t come and tell us anything, all we are hearing is rumours of a stabbing – not something you expect so close to home and not what you want your kids to see on the way to school.”

Other parents said there was huge concern at the killing at the local primary school, where shocked residents discussed the level of police activity on their estate.

Pat Robinson, 55, said: “I am still shaking to think somebody was killed nearby. It is worrying to hear about such violence where you live but I think Kendray is getting worse these days.”

Tandi Jubs, 39, said: “I have lived here since 2007 and sometimes see the police helicopter flying over but have never seen all these police cars and officers before so it has shocked me.

“I have always found it a nice area to be.”

A man who lives close to the murder scene, but did not want to be named, said: “I was watching TV until 1.30am and they say it all happened at 2am but I never heard anything.

“It is strange for someone to have been killed but nobody to have heard anything.

“I just woke up to find the police outside – I asked the officers what was happening. They wouldn’t say.”

South Yorkshire Police confirmed a murder probe is under way, but no further details have been released.