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Police issue CCTV in hunt for man whose wife was found murdered

Police are searching for a man whose 50-year-old wife was found dead at a property in Leeds.

Eileen Barrott was pronounced dead at the scene after officers were called to an address in Naburn Fold, in the Whinmoor area of Leeds, at 6.31pm on Sunday.

West Yorkshire Police have issued an urgent appeal to trace her husband, Mark Barrott, 54, who left Leeds on Sunday and travelled to Scotland.

A CCTV image issued by West Yorkshire Police showing Mark Barrott at Leeds railway station on Sunday
Image: A CCTV image issued by West Yorkshire Police showing Mark Barrott at Leeds railway station on Sunday

Police have warned the public not to approach him.

A force spokesman said Mrs Barrott’s death “is being treated as murder and an investigation has been launched led by West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team”.

Detectives said Mr Barrott left Leeds station by train at 1pm on Sunday and arrived at Edinburgh Waverley station at 4pm.

Officers have released CCTV images of him at Leeds railway station, along with an image of him taken in 2015.

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Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe said: “We urgently need to speak to Mark Barrott in connection with the investigation, and we are keen to hear from anyone who has seen him or who has any information that could assist in tracing him.

“He was last known to be at Edinburgh Waverley station at 4pm yesterday and we would like to hear from anyone who saw him then or since, or who can assist in establishing his current whereabouts.

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

A CCTV image of Mark Barrott's silver Toyota Avensis, registration FJ51 ZHB, which is still believed to be in Leeds
Image: A CCTV image of Mark Barrott’s silver Toyota Avensis, registration FJ51 ZHB, which is still believed to be in Leeds

Officers are also trying to trace Mr Barrott’s car – a silver Toyota Avensis, registration FJ51 ZHB – which is still believed to be in Leeds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police via 101 quoting Operation Pumacastle, reference 13210413554, or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat

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