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Student found dead in Leeds with "unexplained" injuries


Published at 10:14am 17th September 2017. (Updated at 11:23am 18th September 2017)

Detectives are appealing for information, after a man died in Leeds on Friday.

Police were called around 9.17am on Friday (15 September) following a report of a man being found collapsed outside an address in Royal Park Avenue, Hyde Park. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The man has been identified as Leeds Beckett University Student, 21-year-old Harry Loker.

Harry had been out socialising with friends in Leeds City Centre on Thursday evening and is believed to have headed home in the early hours 

A post mortem examination has been carried out and has found that Harry had a number of injuries which cannot presently be accounted for. His death is being treated as unexplained.

Detective Chief Inspector Jaz Khan of Protective Services Crime said; “We are appealing for information to help us to understand the circumstances leading to Harry’s death.

“At this time, there are a number of injuries that we are unable to account for, and are keeping an open mind as to how these may have been sustained.

“We are treating Harry’s death as unexplained, as we continue to build a picture of his movements after he left the City Centre. I am appealing to anyone who may have seen Harry on Thursday night, or the early hours of Friday morning to come forward as they may hold vital information in helping us understand what has happened.

“Harry’s family are understandably devastated with the news, and officers are continuing to support them at this time. Enquiries are continuing.

His family paid tribute saying:

"Harry was a devoted son, brother and perfect grandson and we could not have asked for more. We as a family were extremely proud of Harry and all his achievements and he will be sorely missed. This terrible terrible incident has broken us as a family and leaves pain in our hearts." 

Anyone with any information, or who may have seen Harry is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting 13170426310. Information can also be passed anonymously and in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.