Leeds & West Yorkshire

Farnley man found dead after fire had knife wound

John Campbell on CCTV
Image caption Police were "keeping an open mind" as to the circumstances of John Campbell's death

A man whose badly burned body was recovered at a house fire had a knife wound, a post-mortem examination found.

John Campbell, 75, was discovered after the fire at Bawn Vale, Farnley, Leeds on Tuesday morning.

Detectives are asking for information about the dead man's habits and friends.

Police said the death was unexplained and the force was "keeping an open mind" about the circumstances.

Det Ch Insp Neil Lineham said: "The presence of the knife wound obviously raises questions but we don't know at this stage whether that was self inflicted or caused by another person."

The fire left the house severely damaged and Mr Campbell's badly burned body was found when police and fire investigators entered.

Mr Campbell was seen on CCTV visiting a local Sainsbury's store at 07:38 GMT on Monday to buy newspapers and milk.

He was retired and had lived at the address with his wife Betty until her death in 1992.

Police said Mr Campbell spoke with a Scottish accent and was 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall, of heavy build and wore glasses.

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