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Dale.. one of the safest people you could meet; VICTIM'S PAL TELLS OF 'LIFE AND SOUL OF PARTY'.

Byline: BY BRIAN ROBERTS

A FRIEND of postcode murder victim Dale Robertson yesterday claimed his pal would not "make trouble".

Dale, 18, died after being stabbed in the chest when a group of rival "postcode S5 and S6" gangs clashed at a 16th birthday party.

Bradley Rickuss, 22, who lives two doors from where Dale was murdered, said he had been one of the victim's best friends.

Bradley, who said he was devastated when he learned Dale was dead, had not realised how serious the incident outside his home was late on Saturday night.

He said: "He was one of the safest people you could ever meet. He was not somebody who would go around making trouble.

"All I heard was shouting out the front but I didn't know it was my friend so I just sat in the house."

He said Dale was known for his acrobatic stunts and was the life and soul of any party.

The tragedy happened when a girl's birthday party in Parson Cross, Sheffield, spilled out on to the street and turned into a riot.

Residents described running battles between the youths and said they are believed to have included members of the rival S5 and S6 postcode gangs - made up of youngsters from different areas of Parson Cross, with some armed with knives and baseball bats. Witnesses said large groups of teenagers had earlier been spotted roving the streets brandishing weapons.

Police said Dale was attacked by a number of people and later died in hospital.

A post mortem revealed he died from a series of stab wounds to his chest.

Three youths, one aged 16 and two 17, have been arrested and are being questioned on suspicion of murder.

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