Reward offered after man battered to death battered to death on New Year’s Day

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Police are offering a £5,000 reward for information to help bring to justice those who carried out a “sustained violent assault” on a man who died on New Year’s Day.

Steve Herbert, 34, from Hull, was found seriously injured at the junction of Trafalgar Street and Beverley Road at around 6am on New Year’s Day, and taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

Steve Herbert

Steve Herbert

Four men aged 35, 37, 47 and 49 and a 48-year-old woman have been arrested and bailed in relation to his death.

Police, who are examining CCTV, appealed for help yesterday.

Detective Superintendent Christine Wilson, head of major investigation for Humberside Police, said: “Our focus is firmly on bringing those responsible for Steve’s death to justice quickly.

“In support of our investigation a reward of £5,000 is available for anyone providing information leading to the arrest and prosecution of individuals in connection with this incident.”

CCTV being examined to identify possible witnesses shows four people police wish speak to – a man with spiky hair, a blonde woman with a distinctive handbag, a couple with a man wearing a woolly hat, a hoody and a gilet accompanied by a woman wearing a short sleeved black dress with long dark hair.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Baldwin said: “The results of a post mortem have proved inconclusive and it is likely further specialist examinations may now be required.

“However, the injuries suffered by the victim are consistent with a sustained violent assault.

“Whilst several lines of enquiry are being actively pursued we still need the help of the public in establishing as clear a picture as possible of preceding events.”

Call the force’s incident room on 01482 220328 with information.

Meanwhile police say the death of Rebecca Day, 23, of Peel Place, who died at Hull Royal Infirmary on December 30 continued to be treated as unexplained.