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.
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.
We can find no indication of that person having got out of the sewer safely and we are therefore very concerned for them due to the extremely hostile environment in the sewer. We are making wide-ranging enquiries to try to identify the individual involved but we would like to hear from anyone who has concerns that someone they know is missing and could be involved in this incident. I would like to reassure them that our primary focus is on ensuring the safety of those involved in this incident and the investigation into the burglary is completely secondary at this stage.
– Superintendent Pat Twiggs, West Yorkshire Police.
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.