Second man dies after stabbing horror - murder squad detectives make three arrests

Police at the scene <i>(Image: PA)</i>
Police at the scene (Image: PA)

DETECTIVES  have launched a murder investigation following the deaths of two men who are understood to have Bradford links.

Officers were called at 3.48am yesterday to Commercial Street, Halifax, to reports that three men had been assaulted. All three were taken to hospital with stab wounds.  

One of the injured men, aged 21, passed away at hospital a short time later and detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team launched a murder investigation.  

Another of the men, aged 19, remained in hospital in a critical condition yesterday and passed away in the late evening.  

The third man, aged 18, has received treatment for a non-life-threatening injury.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Flowers in Halifax after the deaths of two men
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Flowers in Halifax after the deaths of two men

The two men who have passed away have been named locally as Joshua Clark and Haidar Shah.

Three males, two aged 18 and one aged 19 have been arrested in connection with the incident and all remain in police custody at this time.   

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Holdsworth, said: “This is an extremely serious incident which has resulted in the death of two young men and a further man injured.   

“We have specialist officers supporting both of their families and are determined to get answers for them and ensure that the person or people responsible are made to face justice for their actions.  

“What I would ask for now is the support of the wider public in providing any information about what has taken place or the events leading up to it. I understand that people were present in the area at the time of the incident, and I would urge anyone with information, dash cam or phone footage which could be relevant to our investigation to please make contact.  

“I understand people locally will be rightly concerned and I want to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to investigate all possible lines of enquiry to understand the full circumstances of what took place.   

“There is still a significant scene in place this morning, with a smaller scene remaining while we conduct forensic enquiries. I would like to thank residents and businesses for their understanding during this time.”  

Anyone with information that may assist our investigation is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting Operation Pochard, reference number 215 of 1st October or online at  Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.