Police have launched a murder inquiry after the death of a pensioner brutally assaulted in Huddersfield town centre last night.
The 69-year-old man, who has not been named, suffered serious head injuries after being attacked in New Street outside the KFC restaurant.
Police were called to the scene at 11.12pm and the injured man – not believed to be local – was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for treatment.
The man died of his injuries in hospital late this afternoon.
Two men – aged 23 and 30 – arrested earlier in connection with the attack were re-arrested on suspicion of murder.
New Street was closed off last night as investigations got underway.
As late as 6am today passers-by in the town centre reported a “significant” pool of blood on the pavement outside KFC.
It was cleared up by council work crews before workers began arriving in the town centre.
The Examiner understands the man, who was still to be formally identified, was from outside the area.
Det Supt Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET), said the attack was now being treated as murder.
He added: “Tragically the 69-year-old man who was critically injured in this assault died in hospital.
“As a result the two local men aged 23 and 30 who were arrested in connection with the attack have now been further arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in custody for questioning at this time.”
Mr Atkinson said information was still needed from the public and added: “A post-mortem examination will be conducted to determine the cause of the victim’s death and we continue to appeal for witnesses.
“I would like to reiterate that continued information from members of the public could prove absolutely vital to this investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact HMET via 101 and quoting crime reference no: 13150191223.
Information can also be given anonymously and in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org