Police investigating the death of a Leeds man are appealing for the public’s help, after arresting a man on suspicion of murder following the death of Sidney Cox.
Officers from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team launched a murder investigation after Sidney, 57, was the victim of a violent attack at an address on Middleton Lane in the Thorpe area of Leeds last Saturday, August 24.
He died of his injuries the following day.
Police have so far arrested eight people in connection with the incident.
Four people including a 40-year-old man and a 30-year-old man and two 16-year-old males have been released on bail.
A 37-year-old woman – Ann Dear of Stockbridge Lane, Bentley, Doncaster, was charged with money laundering. She appeared at Wakefield Magistrates court on Thursday, August 29 and was remanded in custody.
A 50-year-old woman and a 51-year-old man were also arrested in connection with the incident. They were released without charge.
And this morning, (Saturday) a 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Morgan in charge of the investigation launched a direct appeal to anyone who has any information about the incident to come forward.
He said: “There are a number of parts to this investigation and I need people to come forward and give assistance.
“I am particularly keen to know more information about an alleged assault that happened at the Lee Gap Fair in Tingley on Saturday, August 24, and anyone that saw this take place.
“It is thought that an 18 year old girl was assaulted and we believe this may be linked to Mr Cox’s death. Anyone who was there and / or saw a fight or knows any of the individuals involved in the fight needs to get in touch.
“I also need information about an incident at Thorpe House Farm, Middleton Lane that same day.
“A group of people turned up at approximately 4.45pm. One of those who was there was described as wearing a grey tracksuit and was believed to be in possession of an axe. These men are not connected to the farm and it is believed their presence was linked to the incident at the fair.
“It is thought they turned up in a maroon coloured ford focus estate motor car. We are looking for anyone that may have seen a group of people outside the property or saw the vehicle described and where it went after the incident.
“No damage was caused to the property in this incident and no one was injured.
“And then I need any witnesses to the incident itself from which Mr Cox died. This was at the same location at approximately 7.20pm.
“We know that there were a number of people there who may have witnessed the first incident at the Middleton Lane address. We also know that many members of the travelling community attend the Lee Gap fair and we believe this community holds the key to achieving justice to Mr Cox’s family.
“We believe Mr Cox was simply in wrong place at the wrong time and that makes his death even harder to come to terms with.
“Mr Cox was a father and his death has hit his son and the rest of his immediate family hard.”
Any witnesses or anyone who can provide information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.