UPDATED: 8/10/15: The death of a man found with serious head injuries in Leeds on Monday night is no longer being treated as murder.
Nicolai Brown, aged 27, was found by officers in Back Moorfield Terrace, Armley, after police were called at 9.21pm to reports of a man in distress in the street in neighbouring Moorfield Avenue.
A post mortem examination has now shown he died as a result of a serious skull fracture consistent with a fall.
The 43-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the incident has been released without charge.
Detective Superintendent Nick Wallen, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said:
“The initial circumstances surrounding Mr Brown’s death were very suspicious and it was entirely appropriate that we treated it as a murder investigation.
“As a result of comprehensive enquiries into his movements in the time leading up to his death and the results of a full forensic post mortem examination we are now satisfied that his death is not suspicious. A file is being prepared for the Coroner so that an inquest can be held.
“Our sympathies are very much with Mr Brown’s family who have been informed of our findings.”
ORIGINAL POST: Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Armley – and have asked witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
At 9.21pm yesterday, officers were called to Moorfield Avenue, following reports of a man in distress in the street. Officers searched the area and found a 27-year-old man in Back Moorfield Terrace with serious head injuries. He was treated by paramedics but was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.
A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.
Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Belton, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said:
“We are treating this man’s death as murder and are carrying out extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death.
“We would urgently like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area in the time leading up this incident or anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation.
“We currently have a number of scenes in place in the area that are undergoing forensic examination. This incident will understandably cause concern to local residents but we would like to reassure them that the situation is now under control and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team will be maintaining an increased presence in the area.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.