Police appeal: Man dies in assault in Leeds

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Police in Leeds are appealing for a man who they believe was involved in an assault yesterday (Saturday) that has left one man dead.

The assault took place on Lady Pit Lane, in the Beeston area, at around 6pm yesterday evening when two male pedestrians became involved in a dispute with the driver of a grey Vauxhall Corsa.

It is believed that during the assault one of the pedestrians fell backwards causing severe damage to his head and later died from his injuries at Leeds General Infirmary.

Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services, said: “I would urge the driver of the vehicle to come forward and speak to us. At this stage we are trying to piece together the circumstances surrounding the assault and I want to hear this man’s version of events.

“It’s very likely the drive is unaware that another man has lost his life as a result of the assault and I’m sure that whatever his actions were he did not set out to end another man’s life. With that in mind it’s important that I speak to him to establish what took place on Lady Pit Lane yesterday evening.

“At the present time this is a manslaughter investigation and I would stress in the strongest terms for those involved to come forward and speak to us rather than detectives tracking them down.”

The driver of the car is described as an Afro-Caribbean mixed race male in his early thirties, around 6ft 1” tall and of a muscular build. He is believed to have shaved black hair and was wearing a grey coloured hooded top with jogging bottoms. He was thought to have had two or three white male passengers in the vehicle at the time of the incident.

Police have named the man who died as 37-year-old Gerard Adeshida, of the Beeston area, Leeds.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Protective Services (Crime) on 101 and to quote reference number 1319 of August 23, or people who wish to remain anonymous can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.