Fourth man arrested on suspicion of murdering Batley man Saleem Butt

A fourth man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Batley man Saleem Butt.

Wednesday, 6th May 2020, 4:46 pm
"Kind-hearted" Saleem Butt was found murdered at his home on Hyrstlands Road in the town on Thursday, April 23.

"Kind-hearted" and "well-liked" Saleem Butt was found murdered at his home on Hyrstlands Road in the town on Thursday, April 23.

A 46-year-old man was arrested from the Dewsbury Moor area in the morning of Monday, April 4 on on suspicion of murder.

He remains in custody for questioning.

A 42-year-old man, of Southgate, Huddersfield, appeared before Leeds magistrates on Monday 4 charged with Mr Butt’s murder.

A 37-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail.

A 59-year-old man remains on bail for the same offence.

The murder has been described as an "horrific sustained attack" and West Yorkshire Police has stressed that it was "extremely important those responsible were caught".

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Nicholson of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, who is leading the investigation said: “We are continuing a number of enquiries as we work to hunt down those responsible for this horrific sustained attack on a kind-hearted, well-liked and very well-known man.

“Following a post mortem examination we now believe Mr Butt was probably attacked between Wednesday evening and Thursday and I continue to want to speak to anyone who can help us pinpoint his movements on Wednesday in particular.”

He added: “It is very hard to comprehend why someone would attack Mr Butt, let alone inflict the level of violence he suffered.

“I cannot stress how important it is that we find those responsible for what was an awful offence committed against a man described as lovely and very gentle by those that kinew him.

“Persons prepared to commit these acts must be taken off our streets and I urge anyone who has information to come forwards.”

Anyone with information which could assist the investigation should contact West Yorkshire Police. The charity Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously.

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