Three Further Arrests Over Disturbance, Ullswater Crescent, Halton Moor, Leeds.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Three youths have been arrested this morning by detectives investigating a disturbance in Leeds during which a police vehicle was set on fire.

The three males, aged 13, 16 and 17, were arrested on suspicion of arson and violent disorder in relation to the incident in Ullswater Crescent, Halton Moor, on Thursday last week (19/9). They are currently in custody.

A 13-year-old boy, who was arrested on Friday in connection with the incident, was released under investigation.

Officers from Leeds District CID are continuing to carry out enquiries into the incident and further identified suspects are being actively sought.


Friday, September 20, 2019

UPDATE: 18.45

Police investigating a disturbance in Leeds in which a police vehicle was set on fire have made another arrest as enquiries continue.

Leeds District CID have this afternoon (20/9) arrested a 13-year-old male from the Halton Moor area on suspicion of criminal damage in connection with Thursday’s incident on Ullswater Crescent.   He remains in custody this evening.

Meanwhile, a 31-year-old man who was arrested yesterday has now been charged with criminal damage offences.  The 31-year-old has been released on police bail to appear before Leeds magistrates next month.

Officers continue to conduct a number of enquiries into the incident and very much continue to appeal for information.

Anyone with information, particularly any mobile phone or dashcam footage, is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190482536 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Friday, September 20, 2019

Police are continuing to investigate a disturbance in Leeds during which a police vehicle was set on fire.

At about 4.30pm yesterday (19/9) a police crime scene investigator, was attending an address in Ullswater Crescent, Halton Moor, where a window at the property had been smashed that morning.

At 4.49pm he reported his van was being damaged in the street. Officers attended the scene and arrested a 31-year-old man on suspicion of criminal damage. They were confronted by a group of youths throwing bricks and withdrew to safety along with their CSI colleague. The window of one of the attending vehicles was also smashed.

The CSI van, which had been left in the street, was then damaged again and set on fire.

Additional police resources attended the area to secure the scene and support the fire service as they extinguished the van. During this time further bricks were thrown but no officers were injured. The van was recovered shortly before 8pm and the additional police units left the scene without any further incidents.

A full investigation is ongoing today and a number of suspects have been identified. The man arrested remains in custody.

Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter, Leeds District Commander, said: “The behaviour of a minority of local youths during this incident was completely unacceptable and I know the majority of the community are as shocked and disgusted as we are about what happened.

“We are carrying out a comprehensive investigation and will be taking appropriately robust action against those we identify as being involved.

“While we are still carrying out enquiries to establish the full circumstances, the background appears to be a pre-existing neighbour dispute that the police and our partner agencies have already been working to address.

“There is no suggestion that this incident was part of any wider feeling of hostility in this community. This behaviour, while completely unacceptable, did not constitute anything resembling a riot and we think it’s important that people recognise how the use of such emotive terms is unhelpful to both the community and to ourselves in policing the area.

“Officers from the local neighbourhood policing team are maintaining a presence in the area today to reassure people and we will continue to work alongside our partner agencies in what remains generally a safe place with a strong community spirit.

“I would also encourage anyone in the community who has information that could assist the investigation to support our work and pass that on.”

Anyone with information, particularly any mobile phone or dashcam footage, is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting crime reference 13190482536 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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