Murder detectives investigating the fatal attack of a 57-year-old man in a quiet village on the outskirts of Leeds last night named the victim as Sidney Cox, of Thorpe Farm.
Mr Cox suffered head injuries after being attacked at a property on Middleton Lane, in Thorpe near Rothwell on Saturday and a post mortem has confirmed he died of multiple injuries.
Police have so far arrested seven people. The last two arrests were made yesterday when a 51-year-old man from the Thorpe area was held on suspicion of assault and attempting to pervert the course of
A 50-year-old woman, also from the Thorpe area, was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Both remained in police custody last night.
A 30-year-old man from Doncaster arrested on Tuesday night remains in custody, while two 16-year-olds and a 40-year-old man who were all arrested earlier on in the investigation have been released on bail pending further enquiries.
Detectives also confirmed that 37-year-old Ann Dear of Stockbridge Lane in Bentley, Doncaster, had been charged with money laundering offences and was due to appear at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court this morning.
Mr Cox was attacked by a gang who smashed their way into the single storey, chalet-style property in Middleton Lane at about 7.30pm on Saturday.
They arrived at the home in a vehicle and are believed to have rammed through the large wooden gates at the foot of the drive.
The victim was taken to Pinderfields Hospital before being taken to Leeds General Infirmary, but died in the early hours of Sunday.
Neighbours described their shock over what had happened, saying the area was generally trouble-free.