A man at the centre of a murder investigation has been named by police.

Philip McCauliffe, 67, died following a reported assault on Ironside Walk in Gleadless on Friday, December 15. South Yorkshire Police officers attended and found Philip’s body inside a property on the street.

A post-mortem report concluded he died as a result of a bleed on the brain. Philip has no known relatives and officers are appealing for a family member to get in touch.

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An investigation has been launched and a 39-year-old man and 37-year-old woman who were previously arrested on suspicion of assault were re-arrested on suspicion of murder alongside a 35-year-old man. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.

South Yorkshire Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information to get in touch with them via 101 or their online portal here or the investigation team here by quoting the investigation number 14/219145/23. You can also pass information on anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 55 111.

DCI Andrew Knowles, Senior Investigating Officer at South Yorkshire Police, said: “We have been working around the clock since Friday to build up a picture of what happened to Philip in the run-up to his tragic death.

The man's body was found inside a property on Ironside Walk, Gleadless, Sheffield
The man’s body was found inside a property on Ironside Walk, Gleadless, Sheffield

“We are aware of reports that Philip was assaulted prior to his death and have been making extensive enquiries, including going house-to-house in the community, to gather information which could help us to secure justice.

“We know people in the community will have information about what has happened and I urge you to make contact and tell us what you know. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking to us directly, you can contact Crimestoppers and remain completely anonymous. We will never know who the information came from.”

DCI Knowles added: “Sadly Philip has no known relatives and so far, despite a number of enquiries, we have been unable to identify a next of kin. If you are a family member of Philip, please do get in touch with us and appropriate support will be provided.”

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