Police have been searching the Farnley area this morning for a man who escaped police custody.
Daniel Brown, aged 22, ran off from officers shortly before 9am on Wednesday, June 14, as he was being escorted to a police van outside St James’s Hospital, where he had been taken for treatment the previous day.
A number of officers have been searching around the former Beulah pub, Farnley fishpond and Butt Lane areas this morning. At least one school – Cobden Primary – was in lockdown with pupils safe inside.
A police statement said:
“This forms part of ongoing enquiries and extensive searches will continue until he is found. There is no risk to the community and members of the public are advised to continue with daily life.”
Brown had been arrested on Tuesday, June 13, after being circulated for recall to prison following his release in March from an 18-month sentence for possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence during an incident in June last year.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting log number 1589 of June 13 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Updated: Cobden Primary, Lawns Park, Lower Wortley Primary and Farnley Academy all went into lockdown while the search was carried out.
Updated Saturday morning: Police have confirmed they did not find the suspect.
Well done to all @LowerWortleyPS staff & children who responded brilliantly today in difficult circumstances. Everyone was calm and safe.
— Lower Wortley (@LowerWortleyPS) June 23, 2017
Note: This article was amended to clarify Ryecroft Academy was not in lockdown as previously stated.