Beeston man arrested after Leeds car arsons due in Court on drugs charges

A man arrested as part of an investigation into explosives offences following two incidents where cars were damaged in Leeds was due to appear in court today (17 January 2022) charged with drugs offences.

David Armitage, aged 31, of Ring Road Beeston, has been charged with possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply and production of cannabis after officers executed a warrant at an address in Hunters Way, Halton, on Friday. He is due to appear at Leeds Magistrates Court today.

He has been bailed in relation to the explosives aspect of the investigation, which followed two incidents of arson on December 30 where display type fireworks or similar had been used to cause extensive damage to cars parked in Manor Crescent, Rothwell, and Kentmere Approach, Seacroft.

A 24-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man who were also arrested have been released under investigation.

Speaking about the car arson incidents Detective Superintendent Jaz Khan, Head of Crime for Leeds District, said:

“The use of these kind of devices to cause explosions clearly presents a risk of harm to people in our communities and we will always treat any such incidents very seriously and take robust action against those responsible.”


This post is based on a press release issued by West Yorkshire Police