Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds fatal attack linked to incident at Academy gig

Andrew Crawford
Image caption Police want to trace two men involved in an altercation with Andrew Crawford and his cousin

Detectives are investigating whether a fatal attack on a man in Leeds was linked to an earlier incident at a heavy metal gig.

Andrew Crawford, 44, of Wesley View, Pudsey, was attacked on Dudley Way near The Light shopping centre on Thursday evening. He died later in hospital.

Earlier, Mr Crawford had been at a gig by Motorhead at the 02 Academy when one of his friends' hair was set on fire.

Police are investigating whether it was linked to the fatal attack.

West Yorkshire Police said Mr Crawford was hit on the head several times, and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with serious head injuries, where he died shortly after 0200 GMT.

West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Inquiry Team has launched a murder investigation, and detectives want to trace the two men involved in the altercation with Mr Crawford and his cousin.

Detectives are considering whether the street altercation was linked to an earlier incident inside the 02 Academy on Cookridge Street.

During the gig, Mr Crawford's friend's hair was set alight by someone standing near to the group.

The fire attack victim was uninjured but left the club and went home after speaking to security about the incident, officers said.

Det Supt Paul Taylor, who is leading the inquiry, said: "Mr Crawford is a father of one with a partner and had previously been married.

"He was unknown to police and our inquiries lead us to believe that he was an honest and upstanding member of our community who worked hard in his job as the manager at a builder's merchant.

"Violence of this nature is rare in Leeds city centre but is totally unacceptable, and has robbed a young man of his father and a woman of her partner."

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