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.
"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.
A message from the Editor:
Thank you for reading this story on our website. These are challenging times but the team at the Yorkshire Evening Post need your support more than ever in the weeks ahead.
While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you. In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you - wherever possible and providing it is safe for you to do so - to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.
Inevitably falling advertising revenues will start to have an impact on local newspapers and the way we continue to work during this period of uncertainty. So the support of our readers has never been more important as we try to make sure that we keep you connected with the city you live in during this time. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. We need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.
Our team of trusted reporters are working incredibly hard behind the scenes- from kitchen tables and spare bedrooms - to look at how we can do this and your continued support to the YEP will help to protect its viability in the days and weeks ahead.
For more details on our subscription offers please visit www.localsubsplus.co.uk/YEP, email [email protected] or call us on 0330 4033004