Fresh Appeal for Information on Wakefield Murder

Friday, 10 November 2023 


Detectives have launched a fresh appeal for information on the 15th anniversary of an arson attack which claimed the life of a Wakefield pensioner.  

Léa Florentina Brooke, 81, died in the blaze which started when white spirit was poured through her letterbox at her house in Walton Lane, Sandal and set alight, at just after 1.30am on 10 November 2008. 

No motive has ever been established for the attack and detectives from West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team have kept the case under review as they continue to try and identify the person or persons responsible for Léa’s murder.  

Detective Chief Inspector Damian Roebuck is now leading the investigation.  

“Léa was a mother and a grandmother, and her murder was a huge shock to the local community, as well as her family and friends.   

“As we approach the 15th anniversary of this tragic event, we continue to appeal for any information about the person or persons responsible for causing her death. 

“We continue to believe the answers Léa’s family are so desperately seeking will be found in the local community and would ask for anyone who has any kind of information about this matter to come forward, as they may have that vital piece of evidence which could lead to a significant development in this case.

“15 years is a long time and it is possible that allegiances may have changed within this period. If you know anything about what happened on that night in Sandal then I urge you to come forward and speak with my team.” 

Anyone with any information should contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team on 101 or by using the online chat facility, referencing Operation Pitkennedy. 

Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online.  


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