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Linthwaite murder: Victim's name released as police continue to question suspects

Robert Wilson Credit: Wilson family

Police have released the name of the 53-year-old man who was killed in Linthwaite.

Robert Wilson, from Birstall, was attacked outside Thornton Ross works on Manchester Road shortly before midnight on January 16, 2020.

Another man aged 39-year-old, also suffered serious injuries and continues to be treated in hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Mr Wilson’s family have released a statement paying tribute to a loving and committed husband and father.

"Robert was a loving and committed husband and father. As well as being loved and respected by work colleagues and friends. He leaves behind a devastated wife, Elaine, and two step children, Jack and Ella. The family would like to request privacy and respect during this difficult time"

– Robert Wilson's family statement
Scene of attack in Linthwaite Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Detectives are continuing to question two teenagers, aged 18 and 15, over the incident. Two other males, aged 18 and 17, and a girl aged 17, have all been released from custody facing no further action.

A wide range of police enquiries remain ongoing into this extremely serious offence and we continue to hold two males in custody today.

We will maintain increased police patrols in the Linthwaite area over the weekend to reassure residents as our enquiries continue.

We continue to appeal for witnesses and CCTV and I again want to thank everyone who has come forwards with information to assist the investigation so far.”

– Assistant Chief Constable Mark Ridley of West Yorkshire Police