81 year old Mushin Ahmed, the elderly man who was on his way to pray at a local mosque in Rotherham, has died.

Mushin Ahmed was attacked in the early hours as he was reportedly on his way to Fajr prayers at the local mosque. He was attacked off Fitzwilliam Road.

This is the statement released by Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton of South Yorkshire Police:

“It is with great sadness that we confirm to the public this morning the death of Mr Ahmed and our sincerest condolences go to his family and friends.

He was a much loved and respected member of his community and his relatives are receiving specialist support from officers.”

South Yorkshire police have charged two men in connection with the assault and they include Damien Hunt, 29, of Doncaster Road, Rotherham, and Kieran John Rice, 21, of Oakes Meadow, Rotherham. Both have been remanded in custody to appear before Sheffield Crown Court on Friday the 28th of August.

South Yorkshire police also made a further two arrests of a 29 year old and 24 year old man and they have been bailed as detectives carry our further enquiries.