Murder Hunt After Leeds Stabbing

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man died following a stabbing in Leeds.

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The 27-year-old was pronounced dead at Leeds General Infirmary shortly after 6am today.

He had been brought to the hospital in a car at about 4.30pm yesterday and was found to be in a critical condition.

He underwent emergency surgery but was pronounced dead this morning after life support was removed.

Enquiries showed that he had been stabbed in near The Butterbowl pub, in Farnley, shortly before being taken to hospital.

A scene has been cordoned off and is undergoing a detailed search and forensic examination.

A post mortem examination is due to take place later today to establish the specific cause of death.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said:

"The man’s family have been at hospital since being made aware yesterday and are completely devastated by his death today.

“We have now launched a murder investigation and are making extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident in which he was stabbed.

"Initial enquiries suggest there was an incident involving the victim and other men behind the parade of shops next to the Butterbowl public house at about 4pm. We believe those involved are known to each other and that this wasn’t a random attack.

"I would urgently like to hear from anyone who was in the area around that time and who saw any persons or vehicles.

"I am also keen to hear from anyone who has any information about who may have been involved.

"Officers from the local neighbourhood policing are maintaining increased patrols in the area to provide visible reassurance to the community and are working closely with key contacts to keep people informed as the investigation progresses."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 or call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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