Youth quizzed over death on dance floor

Joshua Carl Green 'born 19/09/1984'Stabbed to death at Stars and Mayfair party casino Queens Road Sheffield New Year's Eve 2011.
Joshua Carl Green 'born 19/09/1984'Stabbed to death at Stars and Mayfair party casino Queens Road Sheffield New Year's Eve 2011.

A TEENAGER was facing a second day of questioning today over the murder of a partygoer on a Sheffield dance floor.

The 19-year-old was arrested yesterday in connection with the fatal stabbing of 27-year-old Joshua Green in the Stars Suite, Queens Road, in the early hours of Sunday.

Father-of-two Joshua, of Manor Park, Sheffield, hadbeen on a night out with one of his brothers when they called at Stars, which was hosting an all-ticket R’n’B event.

Violence flared less than 40 minutes later.

Friends, relatives and others battled to revive Joshua before paramedics arrived, but he could not be saved.

Another man and woman were injured in the fracas.

Detectives investigating the New Year’s Day murder are continuing to study CCTV footage at the party venue.

They drafted in specialist search teams to examine the crime scene.

A total of 434 people were recorded entering Stars through the main door, where a knife arch was operating. Police are now trying to trace everybody there to eliminate them from their enquiries.

They are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Anyone fearful of repercussions can pass on information in confidence. So far only 20 revellers have come forward.

Detective Supt Andy Thompson, leading the murder inquiry, said: “Some people have come forward and are assisting us, but we still require other people who were present to come forward.

“We know many people will have witnessed the assault in the club. We want to reassure people they can speak to us in confidence.”

Managers defended the reputation of the party venue.

Keith Cole, company secretary of PHL Leisure, which operates Stars and adjoining function suite Mayfair, said the incident happened during a private function at the venue which has been hosting events for 20 years.

Bystanders said there had been a large group of people outside Stars and shouting could be heard.

Mr Cole said: “All the staff and management at the Stars & Mayfair function suites would like to send their sincere condolences to the family of Mr Green.

“It is not uncommon for attendees at our premises to congregate outside the entrance as this is the designated area used for smokers.

“Our premises are not regularly attended by the police.

“However, we are no different to many licensed premises in city where alcohol is on sale and on occasions we have had to deal with isolated instances of violence, some of which involved requesting the assistance of the police.

“We continue to fully cooperate with the police investigation and accordingly we have provided the police with full CCTV coverage.”“

n Contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident 516 of January 1 or call the incident room on 0114 296 3159. Or you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.