Detectives launch murder probe after man, 47, dies in Wakefield

The incident scene.
The incident scene.
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A MURDER investigation has been launched after the death of a 47-year-old man found unconscious in Wakefield city centre.

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene in White Horse Yard at 9.23pm yesterday, West Yorkshire Police say.

The force said in a statement: “Unfortunately, and despite the efforts of paramedics and officers, the man died a short time later.”

Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Belton, from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime), said: “At this stage we are treating the death as suspicious and have a 53-year-old local man in custody.

“He was arrested from the scene last night and is being held on suspicion of murder.

“The investigation is at an early stage and I would ask anyone who may have been in Wakefield city centre around of the time of the incident and seen anything suspicious to contact police.

“Neighbourhood officers are in town to reassure local people and while these type of incidents understandably cause concern I do not believe there is any wider danger to the public.”