Leeds & West Yorkshire

Cleckheaton stabbing: woman murder suspect arrested

Scene of murder in Cleckheaton
Image caption The victim was attacked as he approached a neighbouring house in Brooklyn Road

A 19-year-old woman has been arrested after a man was stabbed to death following a disturbance at a house party in West Yorkshire.

The 50-year-old man was attacked by a group of up to five people as he approached the house in Brooklyn Road, Cleckheaton, shortly after midnight.

He suffered stab wounds to his back and died later at Dewsbury Hospital.

The woman is being held in custody on suspicion of murder, West Yorkshire Police said.

Police said inquiries were continuing and the victim would be formally identified after a post-mortem examination.

'Vicious attack'

Streets leading to the housing estate where the incident happened were cordoned off on Saturday and police were questioning anyone leaving or entering.

Det Ch Insp Simon Bottomley, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "This was a vicious attack which resulted in a man losing his life.

"At this stage of the investigation we believe that, following some disorder at a house party, the victim had been on his way to help.

"As a result, he was set upon by what we believe to be a group of five men and women and subsequently received stab wounds to his back.

"There were a lot of people in the street at the time of this attack and I urge them or anyone else who can assist us with this inquiry to contact police."

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