Three more men arrested on suspicion of murdering man in Armley

Three more men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man in Armley.

Friday, 21st August 2020, 6:32 pm

Glenn Smith, 47, was attacked at his house on Whingate Avenue at about 4am on Thursday, August 20.

Mr Smith was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three men, aged 25, 27 and 37, were arrested today on suspicion of murder. They are currently in custody.

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Glenn Smith, 47, died after being attacked on his street in Armley (Photos: WYP/Tony Johnson)

Two other men, aged 28 and 37, who were arrested earlier today also remain in custody as enquiries continue.

Police say they are "satisfied that the suspects are all adults" and not a "group of youths" as initial enquiries suggested.

They believe the suspects were known to the victim.

A post mortem is being carried out today to establish the cause of his death.

Police investigate the murder scene on Whingate Avenue (Photo: Tony Johnson)

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson said: “Glenn’s family are devastated at his death in such sudden and violent circumstances and we have specialist officers supporting them at this difficult time.

“Our investigation is progressing and we have arrested two men this morning on suspicion of murder.

"We are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries and will do everything we can to get Glenn’s family the answers they need.

“Although initial suggestions were that Glenn was assaulted during a disturbance involving a groups of youths, we are now satisfied that the suspects are all adults.

"We believe they are known to the victim and that there is no link to any previous incidents involving the victim or in the area generally.

“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but we are still keen to hear from anyone who witnessed that incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation.

“We know that people in the community will be concerned about what has occurred here and we are continuing to work alongside our neighbourhood policing colleagues to provide an ongoing presence in the area to reassure people.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting Operation Perchsea crime reference 13200418973 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

Information can also be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Laura Collins