A MAN who died as two people were arrested in a murder probe has been named locally as “David”.

One of the first people on the scene had rushed to Shetland Close, in BD2, Bradford after hearing “screaming, yelling, and shouting” while washing his car at around 3.15pm on Tuesday.

The neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “I was washing my car in the drive so I could hear it all.”

His wife wandered round at about 3.45pm and he went to the quiet cul-de-sac after she relayed the horror she discovered, over the phone.

West Yorkshire Police said it was called to a “serious ongoing incident” in that area, which is off Farriers Croft and King’s Road, at 3.57pm.

A 52-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were arrested yesterday in relation to the incident.

The neighbour said: “They got a sledgehammer and tried to break through and it wasn’t even opening, it was very hard.

“A few minutes later more came and arrested her, they broke the door through.”

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) also attended the scene and extinguished a small fire inside the property.

A body of an adult man was found there and police said today they are working to formally identify him and trace his next of kin.

The man has been named locally as “David”, who another neighbour described as someone who “loved to potter about in the garden” up until the last few years.

Police were making initial enquiries throughout the afternoon and evening on Tuesday, and revealed today they have launched a murder investigation on the back of that.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Holdsworth, of West Yorkshire Police's homicide and major enquiry team, said: "From the information known at this time, we are treating this as a murder investigation.

"My team are working to establish the circumstances that led to the man's death.

"We have two people in custody and are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

"This has taken place in what is usually a quiet residential street.

"I understand that this incident has caused concern in the wider community and there is a lot of speculation about what has taken place and those involved.

"We need anyone with information to be passing that on to us.

"We are conducting house-to-house enquiries and CCTV trawls in the area, and I would urge anyone with information, who has not already spoken to the police, to please make contact.

"The property backs on to Goals sports complex, King's Road, Bradford, and we are also urging anyone who was using the pitches yesterday afternoon who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary to please report it."

The neighbour who was second on the scene said it was a “terrible situation”, while others in the neighbourhood have described their shock at what has happened.

Another resident said it had been a "traumatic experience" for the neighbourhood.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) via Live Chat online or by calling 101, quoting log 1109 of April 16. 

Information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111.