PICTURED: Factory worker, 53, stabbed to death after confronting gang

A hero factory worker who was stabbed to death after confronting a gang-of-five has been pictured for the first time.

Robert Wilson, 53, suffered fatal injuries at the scene after confronting a gang of drunken youths in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Linthwaite.

Four men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder after the factory worker was killed and another 39-year-old man was left fighting for his life.

Robert Wilson, 53, suffered fatal injuries at the scene after confronting a gang of drunken youths in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Linthwaite

Robert Wilson, 53, suffered fatal injuries at the scene after confronting a gang of drunken youths in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Linthwaite

Robert Wilson, 53, suffered fatal injuries at the scene after confronting a gang of drunken youths in the picturesque Yorkshire village of Linthwaite 

Police officers were called at 11.45pm last night amid reports of two men being attacked in the street outside the Thornton & Ross (T&R) works

Police officers were called at 11.45pm last night amid reports of two men being attacked in the street outside the Thornton & Ross (T&R) works

Police officers were called at 11.45pm last night amid reports of two men being attacked in the street outside the Thornton & Ross (T&R) works 

Police officers were called at 11.45pm last night amid reports of two men being attacked in the street outside the Thornton & Ross (T&R) works.

The younger man suffered a serious injury. He is currently being treated in hospital.

The younger man is believed to have tried to help the man who died after being attacked by ‘several persons’ he confronted on the manufacturing site. 

A staff member at Thornton & Ross, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It’s been getting bad for a while round here with groups of youths. He was a lovely chap – we are all gutted.’

Residents said police appeared to be searching for suspects in the hour immediately after the incident.

Four ambulances and an air ambulance are reported to have joined around nine police vehicles, including armed response units, at the scene soon after midnight.

A forensic tent has been set up in the Thornton & Ross manufacturing site in Linthwaite, following the incident. Four men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder

A forensic tent has been set up in the Thornton & Ross manufacturing site in Linthwaite, following the incident. Four men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder

A forensic tent has been set up in the Thornton & Ross manufacturing site in Linthwaite, following the incident. Four men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder

Nine police vehicles (pictured), including armed response units, were joined by four ambulances and an air ambulance just after midnight

Nine police vehicles (pictured), including armed response units, were joined by four ambulances and an air ambulance just after midnight

Nine police vehicles (pictured), including armed response units, were joined by four ambulances and an air ambulance just after midnight

A police cordon remains in place this morning between the Premier Total Convenience shop car park and Thornton and Ross manufacturing site.

A forensic tent has been erected in an industrial estate car park behind a row of terraced housing. 

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Ridley said: ‘This has clearly been an extremely serious incident and the investigation is in its early stages to determine exactly what has taken place.

‘We have arrested five people in connection with the attacks on both men and they remain in custody for questioning.

Titanic Mill in Linthwaite (file image). Increasing patrols are being conducted in the local area of the incident, said assistant chief constable Mark Ridley

Titanic Mill in Linthwaite (file image). Increasing patrols are being conducted in the local area of the incident, said assistant chief constable Mark Ridley

Titanic Mill in Linthwaite (file image). Increasing patrols are being conducted in the local area of the incident, said assistant chief constable Mark Ridley

‘I wish to thank witnesses who have come forwards so far and I would appeal to anyone who has information or footage showing the incident or persons behaving suspiciously on the road just prior to it taking place to contact us.

‘Increased patrols are being conducted in the area by local neighbourhood policing team officers and I want to reassure residents that a full range of resources has been deployed to investigate what has taken place.’ 

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said: ‘I am deeply saddened to hear about the tragic murder in Linthwaite last night.

‘My thoughts are with all those effected.’ 

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.

Waterfall in Linthwaite (file image)

Waterfall in Linthwaite (file image)

Waterfall in Linthwaite (file image)

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