Detectives get more time to quiz murder suspect

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A MAN aged 45 was still being questioned by police last night after being arrested over the murder of “dedicated family man” Simon Holdsworth.

South Yorkshire Police were granted an extra 24 hours to quiz the man, who was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of murder.

The body of Mr Holdsworth, a 36-year-old paint sprayer, was found in a field in the Hackenthorpe area on the morning of December 17.

He had been working extra hours to buy presents for his fiancée and his step-son Tiarnan, who turned four on Christmas Eve. The keen Sheffield Wednesday fan was due to marry his partner this year and was trying to save money for their honeymoon.

The night before he was found dead, he finished work at FBS Prestige in Intake, where he worked as a sprayer, at 10.55pm.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had died from head injuries, which had possibly been inflicted with a blunt object.

Police last week urged friends, colleagues and acquaintances of Mr Holdsworth to come forward and said he was unlikely to have been the victim of a “random attack by a complete stranger”.