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Police release video of potential Leeds murder witness

Detectives investigating the murder of a man whose body was found in a Leeds park last year are appealing to identify a potential witness seen near the scene.

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The body of Polish national 57-year-old Waldek Mural, was found in Burley Park on Saturday September 5.

41-year-old Grzegorz Kowalczyk, aged 41, from Headingley, was charged with the murder on September 11 last year and is due for trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Officers have today released footage of a man they want to speak to as a potential witness.

He was filmed on a mobile phone by a concerned member of the public who came across him sitting on a wall by the side of road in Park View Road, Burley, at about 2am on the day Mr Mural’s body was found nearby in the park.

He appears to be in his late teens to early twenties, slim, with short dark hair.

He was wearing a dark-coloured t-shirt with bands of white round the sleeves, dark-coloured jeans and white trainers.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

This man was seen in the vicinity of where Mr Mural’s body was found and we urgently need to trace him to establish if he has any information that could assist the investigation. “He appeared to be slightly worse for wear, possibly after a night out. We would like to hear from that man himself or from anyone who recognises him so we can speak to him at the earliest opportunity.

– Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team


Witnesses traced after Pudsey CCTV assault appeal

Police investigating a serious assault on a man in Pudsey have traced a number of witnesses following an earlier CCTV appeal.

Officers released CCTV images of men they wanted to identify after a 23-year-old man was knocked unconscious and received serious facial injuries in an attack in Lowtown in the early hours of Saturday, December 19.

As a result of the appeal, a number of the men shown in the images have contacted us and we are now speaking to them as witnesses to the incident. Separately, we have received other information that has assisted the investigation and we are progressing our enquiries to identify the offenders involved in the attack.

– Detective Constable Rachael Gilsenan, of Leeds District CID

Calder Valley MP calls for help for flood hit businesses

The Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker is leading calls for flood-hit businesses to be given help to insure their properties.

Craig Whittaker spoke in a debate in Parliament last night about the difficulties businesses are facing. Simon Waring is himself an insurance broker but can't now get cover. Mr Whittaker said it's a wider problem affecting many in the area:

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