Tributes to man found dead outside house on Christmas Day

Ellershaw Lane, Conisbrough
Ellershaw Lane, Conisbrough

Tributes have been paid to a man who was found dead outside his house on Christmas Day.

Police say the man, named locally as Lee Pearsall, was pronounced dead at his home in Ellershaw Lane, Conisbrough on Christmas Day morning by paramedics called to the scene.

Mr Pearsall, a former Northcliffe School pupil and keen footballer, was found on the ground outside his home.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “Police were called at 10.32am on Thursday 25 December by the Ambulance Service to an address on Ellershaw Lane, Conisbrough.

“A 30-year-old man had been found outside the address and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

“Police do not believe there to be any suspicious circumstances and are preparing a file for the coroner.”

Since Mr Pearsall’s death, local football clubs have staged games in tribute to him.

On Sunday, players from The Alma pub in West Street, Conisbrough, organised a fund-raising game against Alma Old Boys, the team who Mr Pearsall used to play for, at Conisbrough Welfare.

Another game involving players from Denaby United who Mr Pearsall supported, was also organised.

And regulars packed into the Alma on Boxing Day for a minute’s applause in memory of Mr Pearsall.

On the Denaby United Facebook page, tributes were paid to Mr Pearsall, who was known locally as Tank.

Kathleen Epton wrote: “Our heart goes out to the family. He was a lovely lad” while Michael Plant posted: “Very sad news. Knew him as a lad and was always a pleasure to know.”

Rob Mahon added: “So sad, thoughts with his family. RIP” while Luke Clarke simply wrote “RIP Tank.”

Ellershaw Lane was deserted yesterday apart from several youngsters playing in the snow.

However, one resident of the street, who did not wish to be named, said: “His family and friends are in bits. It is absolutely shocking.”

Doncaster Coroner Nicola Munday is expected to open an inquest in the next few days.