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Thurnscoe death: Philip Alan Smith's family appeal

Philip Alan Smith
Image caption Philip Alan Smith was described as a "much loved" member of a large family

The family of a man who died after being stabbed in a disturbance in a South Yorkshire street have appealed for information.

Philip Alan Smith, 36, was found injured in Church Street, Thurnscoe, near Barnsley, on Saturday.

He was taken to Barnsley District General Hospital but later died. Post-mortem tests showed he died from stabbing injuries.

A man who was arrested on suspicion of his murder remains in police custody.

Three other men who had been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder were released on bail.

In a statement, Mr Smith's family said: "The tragic event of Saturday 28th January 2012, where Philip was fatally stabbed, has left a huge gap in the lives of many people. Philip was a much loved member of a large family and we will never forget him.

"We have heard many rumours about what happened. We would ask that if anyone has any information about the incident to contact South Yorkshire Police as soon as possible so that justice can be done.

"We finally ask that our privacy is respected so that we can grieve in private."

Det Supt Andy Thompson, who is leading the investigation, said house-to-house inquiries were taking place alongside forensic investigations.

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