Assault: Boy, 10, Detained Over Death Of 79 Year-Old

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criminalPolice have arrested a ten year old boy in connection with the death of a 79-year-old pensioner.

He was promptly bailed as police were quick to dissociate an assault met to the old man from his sudden death.

The 10-year-old boy  has been released on bail.

The 79-year-old man, named locally as Victor Hepworth, was found lying in a street in the Harehills area of Leeds with a head injury on Monday evening.

West Yorkshire Police have confirmed the head injury was not the man’s cause of death, however. Further medical tests are continuing.

Police had been called to Back Hill Top Avenue by the ambulance service at 6.20pm yesterday.

Mr Hepworth, who is understood to have had a heart condition, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary but was pronounced dead a short time later.

He is believed to have been involved in a verbal row with a child shortly before he collapsed.

A 10-year-old who was arrested last night has now been released on bail, pending further inquiries.

A forensic tent was put up at the scene in Back Hill Top Avenue, a street of terrace houses, and the area was cordoned off by police.

Neighbors in Harehills, to the north east of Leeds city center, have spoken of their shock at Mr Hepworth’s death.

Liaqat Ali, manager of the Abubakar supermarket on the nearby Roundhay Road, said he was a regular customer and he had seen him yesterday.

Met PoliceHe said: “The old gentleman used to come to the shop all the time, God rest his soul. I’ve been here for 10 years and he’d been living in the area at least that long. I think he had a son.

“I saw the old man walking around yesterday afternoon, but I didn’t speak to him. He was quite well-known in the area.”

Abdul Hannan, whose mother lives in the street, told Sky News the pensioner was always willing to help others.

Mr Hannan said: “He would go out of his way to help the community. He would put the bins out, he would pick litter up from the street, he would tell kids to put litter in the bins. He volunteered in the local church – he did that on a regular basis.”

Krunal Sagathaya, who lives in Hill Top Avenue which is next to Back Hill Top Avenue, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “He’s a really good guy. He used to play with all the children. I feel really sad.”

West Yorkshire Police is asking anyone with information to contact their homicide and major inquiry team via 101 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.