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A suspected burglar who entered sewers in Leeds to escape from police may now be dead, according to the force. The man was seen running off and entering a storm drain when police arrived in the city centre on Sunday.
The search has now been called off after West Yorkshire Police officers found footprints in the sewer which ended where toxic gases are present.
We have spoken to Superintendent Pat Twiggs from West Yorkshire Police about the force's concern for a burglary suspect who was last seen going into underground pipes as part of Leeds' sewer system.
A prime suspect in a burglary in Leeds has vanished after he escaped into the city's sewer system.
Nothing's been seen of the man since he crawled into the underground pipes after reports of a break-in at a commercial building. Police are concerned for his safety as James Webster reports.
Concern is growing for the welfare of a suspect who escaped into the sewer system beneath Leeds after running from the scene of a burglary yesterday morning.
The suspect jumped down on to the towpath running next to this storm drain, running under the city.
He then forced open this large metal door, weighing 8 stone, and went into the city's sewer system. He has not been seen since.
Police say they are very concerned for the welfare of the burglary suspect who they think escaped into a storm drain in Leeds yesterday morning and are appealing for help in finding him.
Concern is growing for the welfare of a suspect who escaped into the sewer system beneath Leeds after running from the scene of a burglary yesterday morning. Police are appealing for help in finding the man who was last seen at around 11.30am at a commercial property on Mabgate.
Police had been called after an intruder alarm was activated at the building. When they arrived, two people were seen leaving the premises via the roof and one is believed to have entered the sewer system through a storm drain. Specialists say the conditions in the tunnels can be dangerous.
Fire crews and staff from Yorkshire Water have searched the area, including the sewerage system, but have not found any trace of the suspect.