Eighth arrest made in relation to fatal Sheffield stabbing

A 27-year-old man from London has become the eight person to be arrested in the investigation surrounding the fatal stabbing of Armend Xhika in Sheffield.

Nottinghamshire Police stopped the man’s car after it was seen acting suspiciously in their area.

The man was arrested on suspicion of murder, possession of a firearm without licence, and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Armend Xhika, 22, was fatally stabbed on Earl Marshal Road in Burngreave, Sheffield, at around 8pm on Thursday May 13 2021, following a street fight.

The offenders escaped the scene before the police arrived, but were later caught in a second street fight on nearby Kirton Road, Pitsmoor.

The previous seven arrests saw two men in their twenties held on suspicion of murder, another on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to kill, and a woman arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

South Yorkshire Police said: “Enquiries into the death of Armend Xhika, 22, are continuing – and detectives are issuing a fresh appeal for information regarding the incident.

“Mr Xhika’s family continue to be supported by specially trained officers, as detectives work to piece together the events which led up to his death.”

Mr Xhika had reportedly been living in the UK illegally, having moved to live with his sister in Sheffield in order to escape poverty and support his family back home in Albania.

The investigation is being led by Superintendent Ian Scott, and police have put out a request for any further information about Mr Xhika’s death to be shared with them.

If you have any information, call 101 and the incident number to quote is 857 of 13 May 2021. Or you can remain anonymous by passing information to crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Written by Alex Bull

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