POLICE have launched an urgent search for two men in connection with a stabbing death in Leeds.
Detectives investigating the killing of Marlon Small yesterday said they wanted to trace Marcus Clarke, 21, and Kieran Hunt, 27, both from Chapeltown.
The development came on the same day as a man appeared in court in Leeds charged with the murder of Mr Small.
West Yorkshire Police’s Det Chief Insp Jim Dunkerley said: “These two men have been identified as being of significant interest to the investigation and we urgently need to trace them.
“Anyone who sees either man should not approach them but should contact the police immediately on 999.
“I would again like to remind people that there can be very serious consequences for anyone involved in assisting an offender in a murder investigation.”
Mr Small, 31, from Chapeltown, was found collapsed in Merrion Street in the city centre in the early hours of Saturday, November 1. He was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later. A post mortem revealed he had died from a single stab wound.
Damien Dhers, 34, of Hessle Road, Hyde Park, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court yesterday charged with Mr Small’s murder as well as possession of an offensive weapon. He was remanded in custody to appear at Leeds Crown Court tomorrow.
In a statement released last week, Mr Small’s parents, Winston and Carole, and partner Charlene Comrie said: “He will be missed by all and he was known for his generosity and his gorgeous smile.”
* Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the wanted pair is asked to contact police via the West Yorkshire force’s 101 phone number or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.