A butcher shop worker has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who tragically died from serious injuries in a ‘domestic-related’ incident.
Detectives were today quizzing the 35-year-old man over the death of the woman in her 20s at a house in the Ravensthorpe area of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, last night.
West Yorkshire Police officers were called to the property at 6.43pm and launched a manhunt to locate the suspect.
A local store manager confirmed today that the suspect had previously worked at a butcher’s shop for a couple of weeks in July before suddenly disappearing.
He only found out he was a suspect in the murder case when police came to speak to him last night, before learning this morning that he’d been arrested.
Police stood outside a property where a woman was found seriously injured and died last night
The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team continues to investigate the incident which took place in Dewsbury. Police vehicles are at the scene
Officers were called to a property in the Ravensthorpe area of Dewsbury at 6.43pm on Sunday
The store manager said: ‘He did work in the butchers, he was just doing the shelving there.
‘He was only working for a few weeks, and then he just left. That was in July.
‘We didn’t see him after that. He didn’t come to the shop or nothing [sic]. The Police came last night at around 11.45pm. I said ‘I haven’t seen him after July.’ I’ve now heard that they’ve caught him.’
Today, locals told of their shock at the grisly incident as crime scene investigators combed the scene for clues.
The street, which is opposite a primary school, was sealed off this morning with a police cordon at both ends.
A police officer was seen standing guard outside one of the terraced houses, which also had a white sheet on the door.
Locals said they didn’t know much about the family at the house, who had only moved into the area in recent months.
One man said he only knew of the incident when police flooded the area overnight before the man was arrested.
He said there were four small children living there who could often be seen playing in the street.
One woman who lives nearby said she could hear the force helicopter above her nearby house.
She said: ‘We were worried. It’s a scary thing that’s happened. It’s on our doorstep, we’ve got children.
A woman was found seriously injured before she later passed away. Police have now arrested a suspect
‘My daughter was scared to death last night when we heard what had happened. She didn’t want to go to sleep.
‘She kept waking up saying ‘has the man been found yet, has the man been found. We went to check all the doors to make sure they were locked.
‘No one deserves this. My heart goes out to the family.’
Police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder which they are treating as a ‘domestic related incident’.
A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘Police were called to a property in the Ravensthorpe area of Dewsbury at 6.43pm today (Sunday, 19 November) where a woman in her 20’s was found seriously injured.
‘Despite emergency medical attention at the scene she tragically passed away a short time later.
Police at the scene in Dewsbury following death of a woman in a ‘domestic-related incident’
‘A large scale police operation was mounted in the area, resulting in the arrest of a 35-year-old man on suspicion of murder.’
Detective Chief Superintendent Sarah Jones of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: ‘A number of enquiries remain ongoing today into what has clearly been a very serious incident in Dewsbury.
‘We recognise the concern and worry this will have caused to residents in the local area and are conducting an extensive investigation into what took place.
‘A man has now been arrested on suspicion of murder and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the matter which is being treated as a domestic related incident.
‘Local NPT officers will be conducting extra patrols in the local area today to reassure residents.
‘I would ask anyone who can assist police enquiries to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101 referencing crime number 13230642219 or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/livechat.
‘Information can also be given anonymously to the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.’