AN “ex-soldier” was fatally stabbed this morning when he tackled intruders – just five years after his partner suddenly died, pals have claimed.
Two men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the 49-year-old was found seriously hurt at home in Keighley, South Yorkshire.
The victim is thought to be a 49-year-old former Army man, but this has not been confirmed by police.
He is thought to have rented the property for about 10 years.
A pal said he suffered with health problems and hadn’t worked for several years.
They added: “In 2016 his partner, who lived at the house with him died suddenly.
“She was only 41 and her death hit him hard. He has not had an easy life.”
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A local resident said: “The bloke that lives in the house is ex-Army.
“Apparently, he was tackling some intruders when he has been stabbed.”
Neighbour James Shaw, 23, added: “It’s really sad. He was a sound guy.
“I think he was just trying to get the people out of his house and then he has lost his life.”
Cops were called just before 4am and found the man seriously hurt at a home on Fell Lane.
He was rushed to hospital, but died from his injuries a short while later.
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A large police cordon is currently in place whilst officers continue with their enquiries.
Anyone who witnessed anything in the area, or has any further information should contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference number 13210171973.
Alternatively, information can be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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