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Simon Holdsworth murder: Crimestoppers reward offered

Simon Holdsworth
Image caption Simon Holdsworth was killed on his way home from work

A reward for information is being offered after a man was found battered to death in Sheffield.

Paint sprayer Simon Holdsworth, 36, was found dead off Birley Spa Lane in Hackenthorpe, near Rainbow Forge Primary and the Hogs Head pub.

South Yorkshire Police launched a murder investigation following the incident on 17 December.

Crimestoppers is offering up to £5,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The charity's Gemma Wilson said: "This is a heartbreaking time for the family of Simon, who has been taken away from them too soon.

"A son has had his dad taken away and a fiancé her future husband, while family and friends search for answers as to why?

"Crimestoppers would urge anyone with information to contact the charity anonymously, safe in the knowledge that no one will ever know you contacted us."

Mr Holdsworth left his place of work in the Intake area of Sheffield at about 22:55 GMT on 16 December before boarding a number 120 First Bus about five minutes later from a stop close to the Noah's Ark pub in Mansfield Road, but never made it home.

A post-mortem examination found he died from severe head injuries.

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