Boy, 10, held as man dies after row
An elderly man wh ose death led to the arrest of a 10-year-old boy is believed to have been involved in a row with a child shortly before he collapsed.
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 yesterday evening.
Paramedics took the pensioner to Leeds General Infirmary but he was pronounced dead later. It is understood Mr Hepworth had a heart condition.
A 10-year-old arrested in connection with the incident remains in police custody, West Yorkshire Police said. Results of a post-mortem examination are due later.
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.
Neighbours in Harehills, to the north east of Leeds city centre, have spoken of their shock at Mr Hepworth's death.
Liaqat Ali, manager of the Abubakar supermarket on nearby Roundhay Road, said he was a regular customer and he had seen him yesterday.
He 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."