Police increase patrols in Armley following disorder


Police have increased patrols in Armley after four people were arrested for violent disorder following an incident in the area.

Shortly after 7am yesterday morning police received reports of a group of youths who had been in a tent on land in Holdforth Place during the night.

Residents reported that fences had been pulled down to make a fire.

Police say that when firefighters attended they had bricks thrown at them and a fire engine was damaged.

Officers attended and arrested four males, aged 15 to 20, on suspicion of violent disorder.

They are currently in custody and have since been arrested in connection an incident at the temporary protest camp off Little Queen Street in the city centre.

Superintendent Derek Hughes, of Leeds District Police, said:

“We fully appreciate the concerns that these incidents will have caused both to the protesters in the city centre and to people on the Holdforths estate, where we have been working in partnership with the council for some time now to take positive action to tackle ongoing crime and anti-social behaviour issues.

“I would like to reassure people that both these incidents are being fully investigated and that we now believe they are linked.

“We have made a number of arrests and we will continue to positively progress our enquiries to ensure that those who have been involved are brought to justice.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood teams in both areas will be increasing their patrols to reassure those communities and will continue to monitor the situation.”


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