Detectives Charge Man with Halifax Murder
Wednesday 4 October 2023
Detectives investigating the murders of two men in Halifax have charged a man.
Rashane Douglas, 19 of Jade Place, Huddersfield, has been charged with two counts of murder, attempt murder and possession of an offensive weapon.
He appeared at Bradford Magistrates this morning and will appear at Bradford Crown Court tomorrow. (5 October)
An 18 year old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender remains in police custody.
Enquiries into the murders of Joshua Clark and Haidar Shah remain ongoing by the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.
Tuesday 3 October 2023
Police investigating the deaths of two men in Halifax have released more details about the deceased.
Joshua Clark, aged 21 and Haidar Shah, aged 19, passed away in hospital after police were called to reports of three men being assaulted in Commercial Street at about 3.48am on Sunday.
The third man received treatment for an injury which was not life-threatening.
Joshua’s family have issued the following tribute and photo:
“No words can describe the devastation caused by the tragic death of our beloved Josh.
“A kind and beautiful soul who brightened the life of everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
“The loss of Josh has shattered his family and friends. The hole left in our hearts will forever be with us.”
“We cannot imagine life without him, and as a family we ask for respect and privacy to allow us time to grieve.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are also with the family and friends of Haidar Shah.”
The family of Haidar Shah have issued the following tribute:
“In loving memory of our beautiful loved son, brother, uncle, cousin and nephew.
“We have lost a piece of our hearts that will never be replaced.
“Haidar, you will always remain in our hearts and memories. Your niece loved and adored you and her whole life revolved around you. We will never forget you.
“Thank you to all his friends for showing us the utmost love and respect. We are so proud as a family to know Haidar had such beautiful company during the short time he had with us.
“Please respect our privacy during this difficult time and we urge for people to please refrain from posting videos on social media.
“Our love and condolences go out to the family and friends of Joshua.”
Detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) have launched a murder investigation into the deaths of Joshua and Haidar and are continuing their enquiries.
Two men arrested aged 18 years old have been released on bail pending further enquiries. A third man aged 19 years old remains in custody. An 18 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and remains in police custody at this time.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Matt Holdsworth, said:
“Our enquiries into this very serious incident are ongoing and more information is starting to emerge about what happened.
“We are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, or from those with footage that will assist, as this is likely to be a key factor in the progression of this investigation.
“We continue to support the families of Joshua and Haidar at this very sad time and remain determined to get the answers that they need and the justice that they deserve.”
Anyone with information that may assist this investigation is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101, quoting Operation Pochard, reference number 215 of 1st October or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat.
Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.