Police launch murder investigation after body found in York flat

Police at the block of flats in Holgate Road, York. Photographs: YorkMix
6 Mar 2017 @ 8.05 am
| Crime, News

Police have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of a man’s body in a flat in the city.

Officers were called today (Monday, March 6) in the early hours to concerns about the behaviour of a man near York Railway Station who had blood on his hands.

A police officer tapes off the scene
The officer on his radio
An officer guards the road to the flats’ car park
Another view of the cordon
Forensics and scene of crime officers were at the flats

Police found the man in the Scarcroft Road area where he was arrested.

They later found the found the body of a man in his 50s inside a flat on Holgate Road in York.

‘Covered in blood’

Police in the doorway of the flats
Photograph © Google Street View

Guards were put in place at locations across the city including the scene of the murder at the flat in Holgate Road, a bus stop outside York Railway Station and a taxi rank on Queen Street.

Scenes of crime and forensic officers were seen entering the flat in Chancery Close, on the junction between Chancery Rise and Holgate Road.

Staff at Fleetways Taxis said a man covered in blood had come to their office in Queen Street in the early hours.

Fleetways Taxis on Queen Street, York

They told the York Press: “Apparently, he came in covered in blood and said he’d been punched, then asked if he could clean up in the toilets.

“He did, and when he left they asked if he was all right. He said something about he’d ‘slit someone’s throat’.

“One of them phoned police straight away.”

When contacted by YorkMix, a woman from Fleetways said they did not want to comment.

Forensic police officers have been examining the toilets at the Fleetways office today.

The flats where the body was discovered
A side-view of the flats
A police officer at the back of the flats
A wider view of the rear of the flats

The arrested man, 19, remains in police custody for questioning.

Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area of Holgate Road between 11pm last night (Sunday 5 March 2017) and 3am on the morning of Monday 6 March is asked to call North Yorkshire Police on 101 and pass information to the Force Control Room.

Please quote reference 12170037677 when passing on information.

Police are not yet in a position to release the name of the victim.