Detectives in Leeds have initiated a murder inquiry subsequent to the demise of a 19-year-old young man. A notification was received by the police at 2:10 a.m. today (Saturday, 26 August), indicating that a male was undergoing an assault outside a residence situated on Francis Street within the Chapeltown vicinity of the city.
The emergency services promptly responded to the scene, where they located the injured gentleman. He was subsequently transported to a hospital, where regrettably, he succumbed to his injuries after a brief period.
Detective Chief Inspector Damian Roebuck, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “A young man has tragically lost his life and at this time we do not know the motivations for this attack. We have significant resources working to get answers for his family and friends and to ensure that those responsible are made to face justice for their actions.
“From initial reports, we understand that three to four people wearing balaclavas have been involved in a sustained attack on the victim. We need to identify these individuals, and I would ask the community to support us in this task by providing information to the investigation team.
“This could be something you have seen or heard in the area around the time of this incident or information or rumours you have heard about who may be involved. I would also ask people to review their doorbell or dashcam footage to see if they have captured anything relevant.
“We understand that this incident will cause some concern in the community, particularly given that the Leeds West Indian Carnival is taking place this weekend. At this time, this is being treated as an isolated incident. We have dedicated specialist resources investigating this man’s death, supported by an increased neighbourhood policing presence in the area to provide reassurance within the community.
“Again, I would reiterate that a young man has lost his life and if anyone within the community has any information, no matter how small it may seem, then I would urge them to report it.”
Individuals possessing any pertinent information or relevant footage are urged to get in touch with the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team using the 101 Live Chat or by dialling 101. When reaching out, please make reference to crime identification number 13230475319.
Moreover, it is possible to convey information discreetly to the autonomous charitable organisation Crimestoppers by dialing 0800 555 111.