MURDER probes are under way in Doncaster after five women died in the town in the last seven weeks.
Amanda Sedgwick, Michelle Morris and Amy Stringfellow were allegedly murdered in recent weeks, along with two other unnamed women.
The alleged killings are equivalent to almost a quarter of the overall number of homicides which took place in South Yorkshire last year (23) - despite Doncaster only making up a portion of the area.
The body of Amanda Sedgwick, 49, was found in a property on Manor Way, Askern, on May 19.
A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder but was later released under investigation while enquiries continued.
Just days later on May 24, Michelle Morris suffered a fatal head injury at a house on Ramskir View, Stainforth.
The 52-year-old was taken to hospital for treatment but could not be saved and died three days later.
Two men, aged 47 and 33, and a 24-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of murder and all three were released on bail as investigations continue.
Two weeks later, on June 5, Amy Stringfellow, 26, was found critically injured in a house on Dryden Road, Balby.
The personal trainer's boyfriend Terence Papworth, 45, was accused of murdering her during a lockdown visit, where she was found critically injured and pronounced dead at the scene.
Three days later, on Monday, June 8, the body of a 28-year-old woman, who has not yet been named, was found in a property on Main Street, Mexborough, Doncaster.
Two men were arrested over her death.
It came a month before the most recent murder probe was launched after another woman was found unresponsive at a property on Thorne Road on Saturday.
She was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics and a 38-year-old man from Doncaster was arrested on suspicion of murder.
He remains in police custody.
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South Yorkshire, which is made up of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield, saw 23 homicides in 2019, according to the Office for National Statisitics.
It means the five 'murders' in Doncaster in the last seven weeks is proportionally much higher than last year's homicide rate.
The Sun Online has contacted South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council for comment.