Murder investigation after body found outside Leeds church hall

Police have launched a murder investigation after a body was found in the Hyde Park area of Leeds last night.

Sunday, 17th January 2016, 9:44 am
Updated Sunday, 17th January 2016, 10:49 am

Fire crews, who had been called to a report of a bin on fire, discovered the body on Hyde Park Terrace near Wrangthorn Church Hall at around 7pm yesterday (Saturday).

Police attended and confirmed the person was dead. It is not yet known if the body is that of a male or female.

Two men, aged 37 and 50, from the Leeds area were arrested on suspicion of murder and remained in custody yesterday evening.

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Det Supt Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiries Team, said last night: “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.”