THREE teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was involved in an altercation with youths and died of severe head injuries.
Jerry Appicella, 51, was found dead at his home in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, on Sunday morning (December 15) after a member of public called the emergency services as was concerned about the man’s welfare.
It is understood that he had become involved in an dispute with a gang of teenagers minutes before in a nearby alleyway in a ‘targeted attack’.
Police now confirm that they have arrested three local juveniles after a post-mortem indicated that the man died of head wounds. In response to the shocking incident, Senior Investigating Officer Simon Palmer, of South Yorkshire Police, said:
“The death of Mr Appicella has naturally caused a great deal of distress and concern within what is a close-knit community.
“I would like to reassure people living in Denaby Main and the wider Doncaster area that our investigation is progressing at speed and we are committed to identifying those responsible for Mr Appicella’s death.
“We believe that Mr Appicella was involved in an altercation with a group of people prior to his death. We are carrying out active enquiries to trace members of that group who we believe were a mix of males and females of a variety of ages.”
“I would urge anyone with information which might help us piece together the circumstances around Mr Appicella’s death to contact us.
“We believe that this was a targeted attack and that there is no wider risk to the community.
“If you live in Denaby Main and the surrounding area, you might be seeing more of our officers than usual; they are there for your reassurance.”
As Euro Weekly News understands, police have advised anyone who has any concerns to speak to officers who will be on hand to offer their support.