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Stunned neighbours speak of their shock after man ‘stabbed to death’

Shocked neighbours have spoken of their dismay and heartache after a man was allegedly stabbed to death.

A 41-year-old man was tragically killed on Friday in Wakefield.

Police officers were alerted of the fatal incident at 8:38pm in Ossett following reports of a stabbing. Emergency services scrambled to the incident but the man was pronounced dead, YorkshireLive reported.

Mary Lorriman, 66, claimed to have known the deceased since he was a little boy.

She along with a number of other neighbours have spoke out following the tragedy.

She said: “I can’t believe what has happened to him. I have known him since he was two-and-a-half years old.

“I hadn’t seen him for three weeks and it was a shock when I found out this morning.

“I can’t believe he has gone, he was just so full of life and everyone enjoyed his company and being around him.”

Another male neighbour added: “I was at school with him and he was a good guy.

“I knocked about with him. He was very well-known and at one time worked as a shopfitter.”

And in a Facebook post, another male friend wrote: “Only just found out. You were a top guy at school and out of school and a good friend.”

A female neighbour said there had been longstanding problems at the house where the incident took place and she had written to her MP asking for something to be done but nothing had come of it.

She said: “I am not surprised. There have been problems with antisocial behaviour at that address for years but no one was interested in doing anything about them.”

West Yorkshire Police have cordoned off part of the street where the incident took place as well as part of a wood close to a farm in the area.

Five people – three men and two women – have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in police custody.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police via 101 or the LiveChat facility at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contactus quoting log 1668 of 2 Sep. Information can always be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111