Police chief sends message to Mexborough after murder of young man and fatal fire

A police chief in Doncaster has sent a message to Mexborough residents in the wake of a murder and fatal fire in the same week.

Friday, 15th January 2021, 9:16 am

Lewis Wiliams, aged 20, was shot dead on Wath Road on Monday afternoon and two days later a 62-year-old man died in a house fire incident on Chaucer Road.

South Yorkshire Police stress that there are no links between the incidents.

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Two boys, aged 16 and 17, have been charged over the murder and are due at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court today.

Two other suspects, also arrested on suspicion of murder, remained in police custody last night.

A multi-agency investigation into the fire death is also under way.

Superintendent Neil Thomas said: “We know that the events of this week in Mexborough have caused a lot of distress, upset and understandably some concern.

“Detectives are working at pace to investigate the murder of a young man on Monday afternoon, and those enquiries are ongoing with a number of individuals in police custody.

“We have also seen a number of other, unconnected incidents in the Mexborough area, including a fire at a property on Chaucer Road.

“We are aware that locally, some concerns have been raised that the fire is in some way connected to the ongoing murder inquiry – I would like to stress that it is not in any way linked. This was an entirely separate matter, subject to its own investigation.

“There remains an increased police presence in the Mexborough area to provide some visible reassurance to our communities and this will continue while the murder investigation progresses.

“There is a dedicated policing team for the Mexborough area, led by Sergeant Richard Mangham, as part of our Doncaster West NPT. Those officers are there to work within the community and listen to your concerns and any information you may hold about suspected criminality of any kind in the town.

“We are here to work with you, to support you and that will not change.”

Anyone with information about the murder or the fatal fire should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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