Man plunges from Mann Dam after attack on partner

Carlton Way flats, Cleckheeaton. The scene of an incident. PCSO Val Wright. (d19091184)
Carlton Way flats, Cleckheeaton. The scene of an incident. PCSO Val Wright. (d19091184)

A MAN fell to his death from a 50ft bridge minutes after a woman was stabbed and attacked with a hammer in her flat.

The body of Martin Donlan, 54, of Carlton Way, Cleckheaton, was found at 6.24am near Mann Dam, close to the town centre. The discovery was 20 minutes after police went to a flat following reports that a woman had been attacked.

Det Insp Jim Griffiths said the 42-year-old woman was found with serious head injuries and stab wounds, but had managed to walk to a neighbour’s flat to raise the alarm.

She is currently in a serious but stable condition in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

While police were at the flat, in Carlton Way, they received a report that a man had fallen from the Victorian viaduct which spans Mann Dam behind Cleckheaton town hall – less than half a mile away.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both sites were cordoned off throughout Monday while police and forensic teams carried out their investigations and interviewed neighbours of Mr Donlan.

It is believed that Mr Donlan and the woman, who has not been named, were a couple.

Neighbours told the Guardian they were shocked by what had happened. One woman, who did not want to be named, said she had heard ‘bangs, thumps and crashes’ coming from the flat. She said: “I heard a woman calling out and raised voices but I couldn’t hear what they were saying.

“They have lived here four or five years. I knew them to have a few words with when they were coming in and out.

“I’ve lived here 25 years – it’s not a bad estate.”

Another neighbour said the whole block had been cordoned off, and he had seen two police vans and officers around the flats.

He said: “It’s a tragedy. I hope the woman is okay.”

A police spokesman said detectives were linking the two incidents and they were not looking for anyone else, but enquiries were ongoing.

An inquest into Mr Donlan’s death is expected to be opened early next week.