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Tributes flood in for Sheffield stabbing victim Coley Byrne, 26, who was ‘always smiling’

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A Sheffield community has been left devastated by the news that a young man has died after being stabbed at a pub on Boxing Day.

The man, who has been named locally as Coley Byrne, aged 26, from the Westfield area of the city, died following reports of a stabbing at the Gypsy Queen pub in Beighton on Boxing Day.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said the force was called at around 10pm on Sunday and the victim died in hospital despite the best efforts of medics.

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Flowers have been left at the scene and detectives and forensic investigators have been pictured around the pub in Drake House Lane.

Dozens of people have taken to Facebook to pay tribute to Mr Byrne.

One friend, Rochelle Bethany, said that she had been friends with Mr Byrne since they were children and he had “always been by my side” and that he “did anything for me”.

She said: “I will forever miss you and I will never ever forget you. You were my best friend. I am truly gutted.”

Another friend, Ash Broughton, posted on social media: “Waking up this morning to find out you have passed has devastated me.”

He said Mr Byrne was “one of the realist men I have had the pleasure of calling my friend” and was “always smiling, always chilling and (it) was always good to see your face.”

He wrote: “Heaven has gained an amazing man. It’s just heart breaking that your time wasn’t done on earth. You was taken too soon my brother.”

Another friend Olly Bradbury posted saying that Mr Byrne was “always one to remember, especially that cheeky grin”, before adding: “Everyone gonna miss you bruv. Fly high.”

One friend posted a picture of Mr Byrne and said: “What a good guy”, before adding: “We had some laughs.”

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Among the many other tributes to Mr Byrne he was described as a “top guy” and a “lovely lad” by one woman saying that she was his neighbour.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses to the stabbing and are appealing for anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

DCI Mick Hakin, the officer leading the investigation, said: “We are looking to speak to anyone who may have been in the Gypsy Queen at the time and who may have seen anything that can help us determine exactly what happened which led to the death of a young man.”

Anyone with information which could assist with is asked to call 101, quoting incident number 845 of 26 December. Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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