/Factory worker stabbed to death after run-in with gang of youths

Factory worker stabbed to death after run-in with gang of youths

A factory worker died and another man was seriously injured when they were stabbed during a clash with a gang of youths.

Police said a 53-year-old man – named locally as Robert Wilson – suffered fatal injuries when he was attacked by “several persons” in the grounds of the Thornton & Ross (T&R) works in the Linthwaite area of Huddersfield on Thursday evening.

Workers at the factory said Mr Wilson, who is understood to be a father-of-one, was a member of staff who is thought to have been stabbed as he confronted a group of people on the site.

A 39-year-old man who suffered a serious injury in the same incident is believed to have tried to help Robert during the fatal incident.

Police on the scene at Manchester Road in Linthwaite, Huddersfield, where a factory worker has died
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A member of staff at T&R, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s been getting bad for a while round here with groups of youths. He was a lovely chap – we are all gutted.”

A police spokesman said: ” Police are appealing for witnesses following the launch of a murder investigation after two men were attacked in Huddersfield.

“The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are appealing for witnesses to the incident, which took place at about 11.45pm on Thursday January 16 outside a business on Manchester Road in Linthwaite.

“Officers were called to the location to a report that two men had been attacked outside the premises by several persons.”

The spokesman said that two 18-year-old men, a 17-year-old boy, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the incident and remain in police custody.

Police on the scene outside the factory
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He would not confirm whether the incident was a stabbing.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Ridley said: “This has clearly been an extremely serious incident and the investigation is in its early stages to determine exactly what has taken place.

“We have arrested five people in connection with the attacks on both men and they remain in custody for questioning.

“I wish to thank witnesses who have come forward so far and I would appeal to anyone who has information or footage showing the incident or persons behaving suspiciously on the road just prior to it taking place to contact us.

“Increased patrols are being conducted in the area by local neighbourhood policing team officers and I want to reassure residents that a full range of resources has been deployed to investigate what has taken place.”

T&R is based at Linthwaite and manufactures a range of branded over-the-counter medicines, dermatological solutions and other healthcare and hygiene products, according to its website.

In a statement, the firm said: “Thornton & Ross is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred within our grounds late last night.

Robert Wilson was killed outside his work last night in Huddersfield
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“Our immediate thoughts are with the families and colleagues affected by this tragic incident.

“T&R is working to support West Yorkshire police as they conduct the murder Investigation to ascertain the full circumstances of the incident.”

The MP for Colne Valley, Jason McCartney, said on Twitter: “I’ve been briefed by the police on the horrific incident in Linthwaite last night – 5 arrests have been made as part of the murder investigation – my thoughts are with the family, friends and colleagues of the victim.”

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said: “I am deeply saddened to hear about the tragic murder in Linthwaite last night.

“My thoughts are with all those effected.”

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