A COMPANY has said it is "shocked and saddened" after a worker died following an attack last night. 

Five people including two 18-year-old males, a 17 year old and a 15 year old, plus a 17-year-old girl, are currently in custody on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with the incident.

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A man named locally as Robert Wilson, 53, from Birstall, died as a result of injuries sustained at the scene. A post mortem will be carried tomorrow to determine a cause of death.

It happened at around 11.45pm last night the grounds of the Thornton & Ross works in the Linthwaite area of Huddersfield. 

In a statement, the company said: "Thornton & Ross (T&R) is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred within our grounds late last night.

"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."

A police spokesperson said: "The incident took place at about 11.45pm after the victims were assaulted outside the Thornton Ross business premises.


"A 53-year-old man died as a result of injuries sustained at the scene.  A post mortem will be conducted tomorrow to determine a cause of death.

"A 39-year-old man suffered a serious injury, which is not believed to be life threatening and  continues to be treated in hospital."

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Ridley of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Detectives are continuing a number of enquiries into this extremely serious offence and we fully appreciate the concern it has and will continue to cause locally in Linthwaite and in nearby communities.

“We continue to hold four males and a female in custody and are also still conducting enquiries outside the Thornton Ross premises on Manchester Road.

“A full post mortem will be conducted to determine a cause of death for the victim and specialist officers are offering support to his family and to the other injured man involved.

“Our increased patrols will continue in the area and we continue to appeal for information.”

Anyone who has information can contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101 referencing police crime number 13200028683.

Information can also be given in confidence to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.