Updated: Man wanted in murder enquiry has links to Hunslet and Belle Isle

Updated: Thursday 15 February 2024 

Police can now confirm an arrest has been made in connection with the death of a woman in Harehills, Leeds.

We would like to thank the public and the local media for their assistance with our appeal.

Officers are no longer looking for Warren Spence.

The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team is continuing enquiries.

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Leeds are appealing for information to help trace a man wanted in connection with the incident.

At 3:29pm on Monday (12 February 2024), police attended an address on Brownhill Terrace, Harehills following a call of concern for a woman believed to be inside. On arrival, officers forced entry and found the body of a 44-year-old woman.

A 34-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday in connection with the death and released under investigation.

The woman’s death is being treated as murder and an investigation has been launched, led by the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

Enquiries suggest Warren Spence, aged 54, had been staying at the address in recent weeks.

West Yorkshire Police

Warren Spence frequents Leeds City Centre as well as areas of South Leeds including Hunslet and Belle Isle.

Officers have released CCTV footage of him at a shop in Leeds City Centre on Friday 10 February, and at a petrol station on Low Road, Hunslet on Sunday 11 February.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector James Entwistle said:

“We urgently need to speak to Warren Spence in connection with our murder enquiry and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him or anyone who has information that could assist in tracing him.

“We understand that Warren often walks with a limp which can be seen on the footage below and frequents Leeds City Centre as well as areas of South Leeds including Hunslet and Belle Isle.

“Information from the public is vital and anyone who knows anything that could assist the investigation, particularly anyone who may have knowledge of his current whereabouts, is urged to contact us.

“We would advise members of the public not to approach him but to contact the police immediately via 999.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police without delay via 999 or 101 quoting Operation Pentaline, reference 13240080983.

Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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


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