Armed Police remain on the lookout in Leeds for a supposed ‘axeman’, with the case continuing from yesterday. The public have been warned not to approach the man in question. The axeman allegedly fled the scene of a car crash in the early evening of Saturday. He was spotted near a popular Leeds student area. Fortunately for students at the University of Leeds, the drama was confined to the area occupied by Leeds Beckett University – with the area being locked down temporarily. Read on for more.
Following advice from @WestYorksPolice about an ongoing incident in Leeds, students and staff at our Headingley campus were asked to remain inside on Saturday evening.
After clearing the area, police left our campus and students and staff were free to leave.
— Leeds Beckett (@leedsbeckett) February 10, 2018
According to various reports, a car crash happened at a busy junction in Leeds, when a man armed with an axe left the scene on foot – he had been driving one of the vehicles involved in the wreck. To facilitate an escape, he used an axe to remove a locked bicycle. He was described as a white male – in his thirties or forties – with a black beard. He is believed to have been wearing a light-coloured jacket, dark jeans, and a cap. He was seen during the night near to Leeds Beckett’s Headingley campus, which led to the area being put into lockdown.
The lockdown proved to be surprising for students, who were initially unsure as to what the cause for the lockdown was. This caps off a busy few days for the Leeds student community – with army bomb disposal experts swarming into a different hall of residence a few days ago – amid reports of a grenade-like device being found. Kirkstall hall of residence was evacuated. While it seems like a surprising thing to happen, those at Kirkstall can attest that it is just another day at the office.
News of the latest nefarious activity in the Leeds area shocked the student community of Leeds, with many taking to Twitter! You could be forgiven for thinking that someone has it in for Leeds Beckett students at the moment.
Swear somebody has it out for students at Leeds beckett LEAVE US ALONE :///
— soph (@Sophfletcher_) February 10, 2018
My uni accommodation is currently in lockdown and surrounded by police cos there’s two lunatics running around with axes, hahahahaha
— gee X (@zxxht) February 10, 2018
Some guy with an axe running around Leeds Beckett campus atm ahahaha mad
— Tom Rawsthorne (@TomRawsthorne17) February 10, 2018
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The lockdown period eventually ended, and students were free to go and enjoy what was left of their Saturday evening. The search is set to continue today for the man involved, though by now presumably the description of the man is limited to an individual in his thirties or forties, given a likely clothing change. And anyone walking around in Leeds today would suggest it could be somewhat difficult to now find the individual. But still, investigations will continue.