Tuesday, 27 Feb 2024

'Doting mum' and partner stabbed to death at home are pictured

A man and woman killed in a suspected double murder in Huddersfield have been named by police.

Officers attended a home in Harpe Inge, Dalton at 9.53am on Monday after paramedics found a man and woman with multiple injuries.

They were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have now named the pair as Katie Higton, 27, and Steven Harnett, 25. Both were found at Ms Higton’s house.

Her family paid tribute and said they were ‘absolutely devastated’ as they placed flowers outside the home.

Ms Higton’s former brother-in-law, who asked not to be named, said his brother had been in a relationship with the mother-of-four for seven years and was the father of her two oldest children, daughters aged nine and 10.

He told the PA news agency the children ‘were in the property when the incident took place’.

Ms Higton, a mental health nurse, had reportedly been seeing Mr Harnett for a short time prior to their deaths.

Several active inquiries by the West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major inquiry team remain ongoing.

The street was still cordoned off on Tuesday morning, with five police cars still at the scene.

Ms Higton and Mr Harnett were reportedly stabbed to death with a ‘bladed weapon’.

A card left with flowers at the scene said: ‘RIP my darling. We love you. No more suffering.’

Scott I’Anson, who lives on Harpe Inge, said he did not know the woman who lived in the house but had seen her and her children.

‘They kept to themselves but a lot of people liked them,’ he said.

‘It’s quite a big family street.

‘I knew she had a partner but I never met him.’

A 34-year-old man remains in custody being quizzed on suspicion of both murders.

On Monday, Detective Superintendent Marc Bowes said: ‘This has clearly been an exceptionally serious offence and I can promise residents that a full investigation is ongoing into the murder of this man and woman.

‘We are conducting extensive enquiries at the scene and at other locations in the Dalton area as we investigate the circumstances of what took place.’

He also asked anyone with information to get in touch, adding: ‘I am appealing for anyone who saw suspicious activity overnight or this morning at the property on Harpe Inge to contact us.

‘Residents in the nearby area will also note an increased police presence on their streets and I want to reassure them and the wider community we are doing all we can to bring persons responsible for this offence to justice.’

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