Murder detectives seek ‘key’ motive behind ice-axe killing of Mark Denton

People have been laying flowers at the crime scene in Hutton Avenue
People have been laying flowers at the crime scene in Hutton Avenue

DETECTIVES leading the investigation into the ice-axe murder of a former boxer say the motive for the fatal attack is “key” to the inquiry.

Detective chief inspector Ann-Marie Salwey said she was currently unable to speculate on the reasons why Mark Denton was savagely killed but said her officers are working towards unearthing the reasons why.

She said: “We understand the motive of the attack is key to the inquiry. I can’t speculate at this time what that might be but we are investigating.”

The top cop said a number of people have been spoken to as part of the murder investigation, and those with information have been keen to tell officers.

“People are coming forward and people do want to assist us and help. Mark was a popular person.

“They are key in bringing somebody to justice for his death and his murder.

“Ultimately we want to bring the person or persons responsible for Mark’s murder to justice.”

While the investigation is underway, a stream of heartbroken mourners have continued to leave flowers at the scene of the horrendous crime in memory of Mark.

Three men, aged 17, 23 and the other in their 20s, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are being questioned by detectives.

Online tributes continue to flood into a Facebook page, called Mark Denton RIP, which already has over 1,900 members.