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Leeds man's death no longer treated as murder

The death of a man found with serious head injuries in Leeds on Monday night is no longer being treated as murder, say police.

Nicolai Brown died after head injuries following a fall Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Nicolai Brown, aged 27, was found by officers in Back Moorfield Terrace, Armley, after police were called at 9.21pm to reports of a man in distress in the street in neighbouring Moorfield Avenue.

A post mortem examination has now shown he died as a result of a serious skull fracture consistent with a fall.

The 43-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge.

The initial circumstances surrounding Mr Brown’s death were very suspicious and it was entirely appropriate that we treated it as a murder investigation.

As a result of comprehensive enquiries into his movements in the time leading up to his death and the results of a full forensic post mortem examination we are now satisfied that his death is not suspicious. A file is being prepared for the Coroner so that an inquest can be held.

Our sympathies are very much with Mr Brown’s family who have been informed of our findings.

– Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen

Lightning strike causes rail delays between Halifax and Bradford

Reports of delays on the train line between Halifax and Bradford Credit: Press Association

There are reports of delays on the train line between Halifax and Bradford, after lightening damaged equipment along the line.


WATCH: Inside the unseen camps - ITV Calendar visits Dunkirk

The refugee and migrant camps in Dunkirk are just 30 miles from the sprawling Calais 'Jungle', but the setting could not be more different.

ITV Calendar travelled with Bradford-based charity the Human Relief Foundation to the Grand-Synthe, to find out how aid from Yorkshire is helping people in the camp.

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Police launch murder investigation following death in Armley

Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Leeds last night.

Officers found the 27-year-old man in Back Moorfield Terrace, Armley, after being called to reports of a man in distress in the street in neighbouring Moorfield Avenue at 9.21pm.

He had received serious head injuries and was treated by paramedics before being pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

"We are treating his death as murder and a number of scenes in the vicinity are being forensically examined. We are trying to build up a picture of the circumstances surrounding the victim’s death and of his movements earlier in the evening in the time leading up to him being found in Back Moorfield Terrace. We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area or who has any information that could assist the investigation."

– Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, West Yorkshire Police

Could feathers be key to friendship?

Residents at a care home in Leeds are enjoying their first taste of hen-keeping as part of a new project.

Eamon McMahon, at a home in Belle Isle, with his new-found friend

HenPower was set up in 2011 by the Equal Arts Charity, with the aim of reducing loneliness and depression in the elderly by introducing chickens into care homes and sheltered accommodation.

A recent study on improving wellbeing in care homes conducted at the Northumbria University reported those with minimal human contact are 64% more likely to develop clinical dementia.

Results also suggested that loneliness could be as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.

Professor Glenda Cook, who led the study at Northumbria University says, “Hen Power is innovative because it is not just brief ‘petting’ of the hens, but also taking responsibility for them.

"There’s a huge range of roles with shared responsibilities, with diverse ways to interact with the project.

"In addition to this, it was discovered that many of the male residents kept hens when they were younger and so caring for them again created an empowering element of revitalisation and recapturing of personal history.''

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