A MURDER enquiry has been launched after a man was found with serious head injuries yesterday morning. 

Officers were called at 1.36am by the ambulance service to Thornes Park, Brighouse.

The man, 33, and from Rastrick, was taken to hospital but later died from his injuries.

Two men aged 44 and 32 and a 52-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in police custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson of Protective Services (Crime) is leading the investigation.

He said: "If anyone saw any suspicious activity in or around Thornes Park late on Sunday night or early on Monday morning then please get in contact.

"A man has sadly lost his life and I want to know what happened and why.

"A scene remains in place whilst extensive enquiries are carried out."

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said they went for a walk on Monday morning and saw the cordon in place.

“There was as at least five officers in all these white garbs and at least four ordinary police constables.

“They took the tapes down late yesterday and they put them back up this morning.

“Forensics were back again this morning.”

The resident added: “It has been a big thing.”

Another resident who lives near the flats said: “I’m not shocked for the area, because the area is the area.

“I think it would be a concern for anyone, in any area, at the end of the day. 

“We’ve seen police back and forth.”

One worker in a nearby convenience store said the victim lived at Thornes Park.

He was described as “alright, just normal”.

Another resident spoke of her concern.

She said: “There’s a lot of older people who live here and vulnerable people.

“I’m worried for my neighbours.”

She said they have lived in the area for nearly two decades but said “they wished they had never moved here”. 

“They are old and scared,” she said. 

The woman said she wanted patrols to be stepped up. 

Councillor Sophie Whittaker (Conservative, Rastrick) said: “Obviously it’s a very sad incident that’s happened and I really feel for the man’s family.

“For whatever reason the incident has occurred, there’s no excuse for what’s happened. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

She added: “Obviously it’s a very unusual time anyway at the moment, I trust police have everything in hand and will keep residents, especially on Thornes Park, updated as much as they need to be.”

Her fellow ward councillor Chris Pillai (Conservative, Rastrick) said: “This sort of thing happening is very disturbing.”

Anyone with any information or who was in the area is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 128 of April 6.  The live chat facility can also be used by going to www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus. Information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.