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Katie Higton and Steven Harnett stabbed to death in ‘nightmare’ bloodbath

BY Anas Shah May 17, 2023. 03:23 pm UPDATED: May 17, 2023. 03:23 pm

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After returning home from the movies, a newly dating couple was stabbed to death.

A 34-year-old man from Huddersfield is being questioned by police on suspicion of double murder.

He’s suspected of fatally stabbing Katie Higton, 27, and Steven Harnett, 25.

He is reported to have been apprehended after cops initiated a manhunt and he appeared at a police station.

After sustaining many injuries, Katie and Steven perished in a ‘nightmare’ carnage.

The West Yorkshire Police department has subsequently been reported to their watchdog after it was claimed that Katie, a mother of four, had gone to them asking for help only days before her death.

Steven Harnett

In a tribute to his twin brother, ‘Ste’, Jordan Harnett, a kitchen designer, wrote: “I can’t believe I’m writing this, I just can’t get my head around it.

“Those who knew Steven knows that he wasn’t perfect but he didn’t deserve this.

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“He loved his family and friends and would do anything for you if you needed him. He was an amazing dad…and he was a great twin brother to me.”

He said his life was taken by a “senseless coward” and added: “I will make sure that justice is served as best as I can.

“…Please, if you’re reading this tell the people you love that you love them as you never know when it will be your last chance.”

Katie Higton

Another pal said Steven was a “gentle soul” and added: “I knew the young man Steve, he was always polite, and as far as I could tell, had a big heart and he would help anyone if he could.

“He was new to Dalton and just wanted mates, to be a good dad, to meet a nice girl and to make some money.

“I’m hearing he met a lovely girl with Katie and they were out on a date to the cinema the night this terrible occurrence happened.

“No one should have to suffer the way these two poor souls suffered on the 15th of May 2023.”

An IOPC spokesperson said: “We have received a mandatory referral from West Yorkshire Police linked to the suspected murder of two people in Huddersfield.

“This is due to the fact officers had contact with both victims, and a man who has since been arrested on suspicion of murder, in the days prior to this tragic incident.

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“We will now assess the available information to determine what further action may be required.

“Our thoughts are with all those affected by these events.”

A statement from West Yorkshire Police said: “The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team is continuing to pursue a wide range of active enquiries into the murder of “Katie and Steven at a house on Harpe Inge in Huddersfield overnight between Sunday (May 14) and Monday (May 15).

“While formal post mortems are yet to be conducted both victims had received multiple injuries believed to have been inflicted by a bladed weapon.

“Specially trained officers have been supporting their families today and would ask their privacy is respected at what is clearly a dreadful time.

“Police activity remains ongoing at nearby locations to Harpe Inge as part of enquiries connected to the murder and local NPT officers continue to conduct reassurance patrols.

 

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