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Wakefield murder investigation: Man arrested over death

White Horse Yard, Wakefield Image copyright Mike Kirby
Image caption Paramedics were called after a 47-year-old man was found unconscious in White Horse Yard

A 53-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a man in Wakefield.

A 47-year-old man was found unconscious in White Horse Yard at 21:20 BST on Thursday. He died a short time later.

West Yorkshire Police appealed for witnesses to come forward.

Det Ch Insp Elizabeth Belton, said: ''At this stage we are treating the death as suspicious and have a 53-year-old local man in custody."

She added: "He was arrested and is being held on suspicion of murder.

"The investigation is at an early stage and I would ask anyone who may have been in Wakefield city centre around of the time of the incident and seen anything suspicious to contact police.

"Neighbourhood officers are in town to reassure local people and while these type of incidents understandably cause concern I do not believe there is any wider danger to the public.''

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