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Police name Hyde Park murder victim

Detectives investigating a murder in the Hyde Park area of Leeds have named the victim.

Michael Ayres Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The body of Michael Ayres, 60, was found close St Augustine's Wrangthorn Church Hall, by fire crews who had been called to a report of a bin on fire in the area on Saturday evening.

Police arrested a 61-year-old man from Leeds in connection with the incident last night. Two others, aged 37 and 50, who were arrested on Saturday evening suspicion of murder, remain in police custody.

Forensic teams investigate after a body is found near a church hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

We have now informed Mr Ayres family about his death and they are understandably devastated.

We are still keen to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of St Augustine's Wrangthorn church hall in the period leading up to when Mr Ayres' body was found. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw three men pulling a wheelie bin along Hyde Park Terrace at about tea-time on Saturday.

While we are still establishing the full circumstances surrounding his death, we can say that this appears to have been an incident involving people that are known to each other and there is no threat to the wider community in that area."

– Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police

Two men held after a body found in Leeds

Forensic teams investigate after a body is found near a church hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have arrested two men and launched a murder investigation after a body was found in Hyde Park Terrace in Leeds.

The body, which is yet to be identified, was found close to Wrangthorn Church Hall by fire service personnel, who had been called to a report of a bin on fire in the area at about 7pm on Saturday evening.

West Yorkshire police said two men, aged 37 and 50, from the Leeds area are in custody.

“Enquiries are obviously at a very early stage and we are yet to confirm the circumstances of this person’s death.

“I would like anyone who was in the area this evening who may have seen any suspicious activity to contact police on 101, or to report it anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”

– Det Supt Simon Atkinson Homicide and Major Enquiries Team

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Murder probe launched after body found in Sheffield

A murder investigation has been launched in Sheffield after the body of a man was found in the Darnall area of the city on New Year's Eve.

Murder investigation underway after man's body found in Sheffield

Police were called to an area of Staniforth Road, near to the junction with Frederick Street, at 11.23pm, where the body of a man was found with serious head injuries

Investigations are ongoing to identify the man, who is believed to be aged in his twenties, and a post mortem is due to take place today to find the exact cause of death.

At this early stage our main focus is finding out who this man is establishing the circumstances leading to his death in the last hour of New Year's Eve.

"We believe there were a number of men involved in an assault shortly before officers arrived at the scene where the man was found unconscious and despite treatment from paramedics sadly died a short time later.

"While I understand that incidents like this are worrying for those living locally we have increased patrols by neighbourhood officers to reassurance residents.

"The public often play a key part in any investigation and I would like to hear from anyone who saw an assault in the area of Staniforth Road last night around 11pm. I would also urge anybody who may have been involved in the altercation to contact police and provide me with their version of what took place.

"This investigation is a priority and will have all the resources you would expect to establish what took place and ensure anyone responsible for this man's death will face the full consequences of their actions."

– Det. Chief Inspector Steve Handley, South Yorkshire Police

Any witnesses or anyone who can assist the investigation is asked to contact police via 101 and quoting incident reference number 1023 of the 31 December.

Part of Staniforth Road is expected to remain closed for most of today while the scene continues to be forensically examined.

Murder inquiry launched after Sheffield stabbing

A murder investigation has been launched after a man died of stab wounds in Sheffield.

Sheffield police have launched a murder inquiry

The 29-year-old victim, who hs not been named, was treated at the scene by paramedics but died of his injuries a short time later.

Two people, a 36-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and both remain in custody at the present time.

"I understand the local community will be understandably shocked and upset by the events this morning.

"While the investigation is at an early stage, I would like to reassure residents that I do not believe there is any wider danger to members of the public and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation."

– Det. Chief Insp Craig Jackson, South Yorkshire Police

Man due in court charged with Leeds park murder

A man is due to appear in court today charged with the murder of a man whose body was found in Burley Park, Leeds, a week ago.

The body of Waldek Mural was found in a Leeds park Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The body of Polish national Waldek Mural, 57, was found in the park off Cardigan Lane shortly before 7am on Saturday, September 5.

Grzegorz Kowalczyk, 41, of Pavilion Mews, Headingley, is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court this morning.

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Murder inquiry in Huddersfield - police hunt third man

Forensic officers arrive at Golcar Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Detectives have launched a murder investigation in Huddersfield following a disturbance early this morning.

Police say they were called at about 2am to Elmfield Avenue. A 22-year old man had been injured and was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where he died as a result of his injuries.

A murder enquiry was launched and two men aged 23 and 34 have now been arrested on suspicion of murder. A third male is being sought in connection with the incident.

Police have taped off Elmfield Avenue in Golcar Credit: ITV Yorkshire

"Active enquiries are ongoing and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the disturbance or anyone who has any information relating to the incident to contact the police.

"Anyone who has information should contact Huddersfield Police on 101 referencing log 225 of the 23rd or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team
Forensics investigate at the scene of the murder Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Doncaster murder suspect released on bail

A 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of Lewis Siddall has been released on bail.

Lewis Siddall

A murder investigation was launched after Mr Siddall, from Skellow, Doncaster, died at his home in the early hours of Friday after reportedly being assaulted at the VDKA bar the night before.

"The inquiry is in its very early stages and there are many more witnesses and lines of enquiry to pursue to ensure we establish the full facts about what happened to Mr Siddall.

"We believe there are a number of people who were at the bar that night who have not yet spoken to us who could potentially help with our inquiry.

"Were you at the bar, in Silver Street, Doncaster, between 11pm and 11.30pm on Thursday 13 August?

"If you've not spoken to police yet, please call 101 quoting incident 22 of 14 August. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

– South Yorkshire Police spokesperson

Mr Siddall was reportedly assaulted inside the bar shortly after 11pm.

He left the bar, returned home and went to bed following the incident. He was later found dead in bed at around 5.20am Friday morning. A post-mortem examination has concluded Mr Siddall died as a result of a head injury.

Murder victim identified as man arrested

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a man in Doncaster.

Lewis Siddall Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The Doncaster man was arrested overnight and remains in police custody.

He will be interviewed by detectives today.

A murder investigation was launched after a man died at his home in the early hours of Friday.

The victim has been formally identified as 24-year-old Lewis Siddall, from Skellow, Doncaster. His family have released a picture of Lewis this morning.

He was reportedly assaulted in the VDKA bar in Silver Street, Doncaster, shortly after 11pm on Thursday night, August 13.

He left the bar, returned home and went to bed following the incident.

He was later found dead in bed at around 5.20am on Friday morning. The cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Teenager questioned over York murder

Police in York are questioning a 19-year-old over a murder in York on Monday evening.

Police are questioning a man in connection with the murder of 20-year-old Liam Miller Credit: North Yorkshire Police

The teen had been in hospital for treatment following the incident on Hamilton Drive, Acomb, where 20-year-old Liam Miller died.

Police have also confirmed that they are treating the attack on the second victim – the man who went to Liam’s assistance and was also stabbed - as attempted murder.

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