Missing Leeds man 'may have come to harm' as arrests are made

Three people have been arrested following the disappearance of a well-known man from Harehills.

Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 12:13 pm
Updated Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 1:27 pm

Artur Rej, 41, has not been seen since Tuesday, January 7, and police are concerned that he may have been hurt.

His disappearance has been described as completely out of character.

Mr Rej, who is originally from Lithuania, is from the Sandhurst Road area of Harehills.

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Arhtur Rej.

A number of properties in the Harehills area have been searched over the past few days, including addresses in Sandhurst Road, Lowther Street and Cowper Mount, as enquiries continue into Mr Rej's disappearance.

Forensics officers and a white police tent were seen in Sandhurst Road on Friday and Saturday (March 6 and 7).

Three people have been arrested and released under investigation in connection with his dissapearance, West Yorkshire Police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “While this remains a missing person inquiry, given the time that has now passed since he was last seen and the lack of contact with his family and friends, we are having to consider the possibility that he has come to some harm.

“Artur is well known in the area, particularly within the Lithuanian community of Harehills, and we need people to come forwards if they have any information about his movements or whereabouts since early January.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman added: "Anyone with information is asked to contact police, quoting reference 13200105936.

"There are a number of options for contacting the police, including using the 101 Live Chat facility on the West Yorkshire Police or calling 101.

"You can also speak to the police in person at one of the public helpdesks.

"More information is available at: www.westyorkshire.police.uk/contact-us"