Appeal to trace car in connection with killing of dad Ricky Collins in North Derbyshire

Detectives are appealing for help in finding a silver Vauxhall Astra in connection with the alleged murder of young dad Ricky Collins in Killamarsh.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 7:05 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 7:12 pm
Ricky Collins, from Sheffield, was stabbed to death in Killamarsh on Monday, March 29

The 31-year-old died after he was stabbed during an altercation in Westthorpe Road on the evening of Monday, March 29.

A murder investigation launched since his death has seen three men, one woman and a 16-year-old boy arrested in connection with the incident.

Officers have also been searching for a silver 09 plate Astra, which was captured on CCTV in Westthorpe Road area around the time of the alleged assault.

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Although there is nothing distinctive about the five-door car, detectives hope someone may have seen a similar vehicle parked up in an unusual spot in the last few days, or seen a car like it dumped somewhere.

They also want to hear from anyone who may have been offered a silver Astra for sale since March 29.

Detective Inspector Chris Marriott of Derbyshire Constabulary, who is leading the investigation, said: “As part of our investigation, we need to find the Astra and I am urging anyone who might be able to help us, to get in touch now.

“I appreciate that silver Astras are very common. However, it may be that you’ve seen a car like it parked up near where you live or work – or perhaps you’ve seen one left in an unusual place, such as a country lane.

“This particular vehicle is linked to addresses in South Yorkshire.

“If that jogs your memory, and it doesn’t quite sit right, please call us. Your information could be of great assistance to our investigation.”

Anyone with information should contact the force on 101 quoting reference 21*174876 in any correspondence.

Alternatively, people can message the team on Facebook, Twitter or by completing an online form.

You can also report to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

A 24-year-old man and 29-year-old woman, both from Sheffield, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in police custody.

Two men, aged 43 and 44, have been charged with assisting an offender while a 16-year-old boy, who was arrested on suspicion of murder last week, was bailed pending further inquiries.

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