Buildings in Leeds have been lit up purple to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

It comes as the US is experiencing widespread protests following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis last week.

Leeds Town Hall was illuminated in purple Credit: Leeds City Centre Living

The 46-year-old man died after a police officer held him down by pressing his knee into his neck.

Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds Town Hall and the city's museum building were all illuminated on Tuesday 2 June, in memory of Mr Floyd.

Leeds City Museum was illuminated on Tuesday night Credit: Leeds City Centre Living

A joint statement on behalf of the leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake and the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Eileen Taylor, reads:

“We are incredibly proud of how diverse and multicultural our city is and we stand in solidarity with all those across the world who are struggling against racism or any other forms of prejudice.

Councillor Judith Blake and Councillor Eileen Taylor