Murder probe after man, in his 40s, stabbed to death in Huddersfield

A man has become the latest fatal victim of the knife crime epidemic.

Police are treating the death in Oakes, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, as murder .

The victim, who is in his 40s, was found unresponsive near the Highgate pub this morning.

He later died in hospital.

Some shocked witnesses reported seeing pools of blood.

Roads in the area have been closed as West Yorkshire Police investigate.

A spokesman for the force said: "A murder enquiry has been launched after police were called at 2:21am this morning (26 March) to reports of a male being stabbed on New Hey Road in Huddersfield.

"Emergency services attended and the man, in his 40s, was found unresponsive.

"He was taken to hospital but despite medical treatment died as a result of his injuries."

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"A large police cordon remains in place this morning in the New Hey Road area whilst police continue with their enquiries."

Ashley Day, landlord at The Highgate says: "The police came braying on my door at 3am saying there had been a stabbing in the pub.

"But it wasn’t here, it was further down the road."

The community has shared their sadness on social media.

One mum wrote: "So sad to hear another life taken by the knife.

"Godbless to his family my son was taken by the knife 14 years ago rip x"

Forensic officers in white clothing have been spotted at the scene today.

Oakes is an inner city area in west Huddersfield.

It was, in the 19th Century, a booming area for the country's textile industry.

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