UPDATE: Wakefield city centre suspicious death - man released on bail

West Yorkshire Police supplied picture of Darren Ronald Watson
West Yorkshire Police supplied picture of Darren Ronald Watson

A man who died after he was found unconscious in Wakefield city centre has been named by police.

Darren Ronald Watson, 47, from Darnley, was found with head injuries in White Horse Yard at 9.23pm on Thursday, October 2 but died a short time later.

Police said a post-mortem examination held earlier today (Friday) failed to establish a cause of death and further tests will now be carried out.

A 53-year-old man who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder has been released on bail and enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Belton, from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime), said: “At this stage we are treating the death as suspicious. The investigation is at an early stage and I would ask anyone who may have been in Wakefield city centre around of the time of the incident and seen anything suspicious to contact police.

“Neighbourhood officers are in town to reassure local people and while these type of incidents understandably cause concern I do not believe there is any wider danger to the public.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.