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Man found seriously injured near Leeds train station dies

A man found seriously injured near Leeds train station has died in hospital.

Billy Jacob Mankelow Credit: British Transport Police

Billy Jacob Makelow, who was 20 and from Kent but lived in the Hyde Park area of the city, suffered serious head injuries after being assaulted in the city on Saturday April 25.

A 31-year-old man from Leeds was arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday. He remains in police custody while enquiries into Billy’s death continue.


Olympic Boxing champion's stolen car found

Police investigating a burglary at Olympic Boxing Champion Nicola Adam's home have recovered her car this morning.

Olympic and Commonwealth medallist Nicola Adams Credit: Press Association

Adams and other family members were at home at the time but were not aware of the break-in. Burglars took two cars, training kit and valuable personal possessions.

The Leeds boxer's grey Hyundai Veloster Turbo was found at around 8.20am today parked in Sandringham Way in Alwoodley after a member of the public called the police to report it having been left there.

Unfortunately the boxing equipment and other items that were in the boot when it was stolen were no longer in the vehicle.

We would like to hear from anyone who saw the vehicle being left in Sandringham Way any time after it was stolen on Wednesday morning.

The silver Ford Focus TDCi, registration YH09DLU, that was also stolen in the burglary remains outstanding at this time. We would still like to hear from anyone who has seen that vehicle or who knows its current whereabouts."

– Det Constable Will Tsang, West Yorkshire Police

The gold medallist had been due to fight in the national championships this weekend but pulled out due to the burglary.

Police appeal after man found seriously injured near Leeds station

British Transport Police are appealing for information after a man was found suffering serious injuries near Leeds train station.

The man, who police have yet to identify, was found in the railway arch on Swinegate near to Commercial Garages at 3.52 am this morning, by two men who were walking close by.

The man has been physically assaulted and has sustained serious injuries as a result of the attack. He is currently undergoing surgery at Leeds General Infirmary.

We are currently pursuing several lines of enquiry, including reviewing CCTV footage from the surrounding areas and taking detailed statement from the two men who found him."

– Det Inspector Mick Jackson, West Yorkshire Police


Kerr call-ins leads to capture by North Yorkshire police

New leads following a TV appeal for information to catch a convicted murderer who was on the run from Hull has led to his arrest by North Yorkshire police.

William Kerr who is 53-years-old absconded from a probation hostel in Hull on March 26 which was a breach of his licence conditions and led to a nationwide search for him.

Following an appeal on Crimewatch, officers received new information about his whereabouts which led to his arrest in London after being spotted by detectives from North Yorkshire Police, accompanied by The Metropolitan Police's Homicide Task Force.

Kerr was sentenced to life in prison in 1998 for murder. He was released on licence in January.

Thanks to some information received following the Crimewatch appeal and some further information passed to Crimestoppers we were able to track Kerr to a specific area of London.

The information was vital to the effort to trace Kerr as he indicarted when he was arrested that he was about to leave the London area after seeing himself on Crimewatch. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people who came forward.

I would also like to thank the Metropolitan Police for their assistance they have given us in our efforts to locate Kerr."

– Det Inspector Eamonn Clarke, North Yorkshire Police

Convicted murderer on the run from Hull caught in London

A convicted murderer who went on the run has been arrested in London.

William Kerr

William Kerr was wanted for emergency recall to prison and was featured on Crimewatch on Thursday night.

The 53-year-old was jailed for life for murder at Leeds Crown Court in 1998, and released on licence in January this year. He had absconded from an approved premises in Hull on March 26, which was a breach of his licence conditions.

New public shuttle bus launched in Leeds

The South Bank area of Leeds received another boost today with the launch of a new public shuttle bus link connecting the city’s railway station to Leeds Dock.

Businesses at Leeds Dock including (l-r) Primal Gym, Google, Yoga Hero, Chilled Events and the Royal Armouries Museum celebrate the opening of the new ‘City Bus South Bank’ service with Councillor Gerry Harper (centre) and Tim Gee, Project Director at Allied London (right)

Allied London and Leeds City Council has initiated this new transport infrastructure.

The number 70 service hits the road on Sunday 26th April at 10am, and will run between Leeds Dock and Leeds South Bank to the city centre every 12 minutes.

This link will further enhance Leeds Dock as an attractive place to visit, live and work and will greatly help to improve the connectivity between the station, Leeds Dock and the exciting developments underway and to come in the broader South Bank. We look forward to seeing the new bus in operation.

– Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council
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