Police investigating the death of a woman in Barnsley town centre have launched a murder investigation.
At around 6.50am yesterday (Saturday 19 May), officers received a report that a woman’s body had been found on Union Street.
A post-mortem has revealed that the woman died from injuries from a very severe physical attack.
Formal identification procedures have now taken place and woman has been confirmed to be 42-year-old Claire Louise Smith from the Barnsley town centre area.
Her family has been informed and is being supported by specially trained officers.
Leading the investigation Detective Superintendent Phil Etheridge said: “We are still in the early stages of this investigation which is now being treated as a murder inquiry.
“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area or has any information that may assist with our investigation.”
Detectives remain at the scene and Union Street is expected to stay closed until later today (Sunday 20 May).
Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting incident number 200 of 19 May 2018 or contact the incident room directly on 01709 443544.
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