Murder investigation as man, 22, dies in a ‘violent row’

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A MURDER investigation is underway at a Leeds apartment block after a violent row in the early hours ended in a fatal stabbing.

Dozens of police officers stood guard outside Citispace in Regent Street and residents on the upper floors of were told to stay in their apartments whilst police and forensics carried out investigations yesterday morning.

A resident  at  Citispace flats on Regent Street in Leeds looks out on to the police scene

A resident at Citispace flats on Regent Street in Leeds looks out on to the police scene

Police were called to reports of a fight in a hallway of the building at around 3.13am and found a 22-year-old man with serious injuries.

He was treated at the scene but was later pronounced dead at Leeds General Infirmary.

Police have not released details about the injuries but The Yorkshire Post understands the victim suffered stab wounds.

A post-mortem examination was due to be held yesterday.

The incident scene.

The incident scene.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene and another man, also aged 24, was arrested at an address in Sherburn-in-Elmet at 6.20am yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Morgan, from West Yorkshire Police Protective Services (Crime), said yesterday: “We are treating the man’s death as murder and have launched an investigation to establish the circumstances surrounding his death.

“A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out to establish the cause of death.

“A scene is in place at the location and that will undergo a detailed forensic examination.

“Two men have been arrested and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

“I would appeal for anyone who was in the building at the time and witnessed the incident or anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation to contact us immediately.”

Peter Casci, 29, is a resident at Citispace.

He said: “It’s one of those things you read about in the news, but you don’t expect it to be happening on your doorstep.”

Frank Johnson, who owns nearby Citispace Stores, said: “We don’t normally get a lot of trouble.”

Robert Kidd, director at Citispace, said: “The welfare and safety of our tenants remains of paramount importance.

“To reassure our residents we are increasing our security presence and any tenant with queries or concerns should ring our management team on 0113 223 7373.”

Anyone with information can call Protective Services (Crime) via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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