Police release more details as they confirm murder probe into north Derbyshire 'stabbing'

Derbyshire police have issued a statement confirming they have launched a murder investigation after a man died in a ‘serious assault’.

Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 3:42 pm

The victim, who has been named locally as dad Ricky Collins, was found injured on a street in Killamarsh last night and sadly died later in hospital.

A Derbyshire police spokesperson said this afternoon: “A man has sadly died following a serious assault in Killamarsh last night (Monday, March 29).

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The man has been named locally as Ricky Collins. Facebook.
The man has been named locally as Ricky Collins. Facebook.

“A man was then found injured near the junction of Westthorpe Road and Upperthorpe Road and was treated by paramedics, before being taken to hospital, where he later died.

“Officers have now launched a murder investigation. A scene is in still in place on Westthorpe Road which will remain closed at this time."

The spokesperson also offered reassurance to people living in Killamarsh and who had witnessed the large police presence today.

“Residents will see an increased number of officers in the area but we would like to reassure people that we believe this to be an isolated incident,” she said.

The crime scene on Westthorpe Road, Killamarsh.

“Anyone who has concerns and wishes to speak to police are encouraged to talk to officers in the area.

“We would also like to hear from witnesses or anyone who was driving in the area at the time who has dashcam footage.”

Residents on Facebook group Killamarsh Voice said the incident was a ‘stabbing’.

Tributes have also been paid to Ricky online, with friend Maria Sheeran posting on Facebook: “Absolutely no words. Sleep tight Ricky.”

She described him as ‘the most amazing daddy’ to his son.

Kenzie New added: “Best hearted always go first. Cruel world we live in. My heart goes out to his family and son.”

Sheffield woman Kathleen Collins, is among those to have paid her respects.

Mrs Collins, whose late husband Willy Collins was known as the ‘King of Sheffield’ in traveller circles, said: “RIP to a good old friend of my husband and boys, can’t believe it this morning. A poor boy’s life took from him.

“God help his poor mother this morning, it’s heartbreaking. You was a lovely boy.

Call police on 101, quoting incident 1253 of March 29.