Leeds & West Yorkshire

Arrest as man found in Leeds-Liverpool canal dies

Michael Houghton
Image caption Mr Houghton was found floating in Leeds-Liverpool canal at Kirkstall

Police have made an arrest after a man who was found unconscious in a canal died in hospital.

Michael Houghton, 51, from Horsforth, was found by passers-by in the Leeds-Liverpool canal near the Leeds and Bradford Road in Kirkstall on Saturday.

He was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary where he died on Tuesday night.

A 22-year-old Leeds man has been arrested in connection with the investigation and is in custody.

A post mortem examination has not yet taken place.

Mr Houghton's missing Apollo Vortice mountain bike has been recovered, police said.

West Yorkshire Police said they were "keeping an open mind" as to how Mr Houghton came to be in the canal.

Det Ch Insp Simon Bottomley, from West Yorkshire Police's homicide and major inquiry team, said: "It may have been an accident or he may have been the victim of an assault."

The force is still appealing to anyone who saw Mr Houghton cycling on the towpath to contact officers.

Mr Houghton was described as white, 6ft 2in (1.88m) tall, with short brown hair and a tanned complexion.

He was wearing a bright orange and red T-shirt, black shorts, white trainers and grey fingerless cycling gloves.

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