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Three quizzed over park killing

Amar Aslam (Pic: West Yorks Police)
Mr Aslam was found dead with head injuries

Three youths have been arrested after the battered body of a teenager was found in a park in West Yorkshire.

Amar Aslam, aged 17, was found "brutally" attacked in Crow Nest Park in Dewsbury at 1930 BST on Sunday.

Mr Aslam, of Dewsbury, was found with head injuries in a walled garden by two members of the public.

Two youths aged 15 and a man aged 20 are being questioned by detectives at separate police stations across West Yorkshire.

Police are looking into suggestions the death was linked to a gang fight. They said Mr Aslam, who was Asian, suffered a "sustained and brutal attack".

Dewsbury MP Shahid Malik said the attack was unlikely to have been racially motivated.

He said: "I can now confirm that the three men who are in custody are actually all Asian, which means that the race motive so far, perhaps, is not one that might be the cause of the death."

Det Supt Chris Thompson calls for witnesses to come forward

Det Supt Chris Thompson, who is leading the investigation, refused to say whether a murder weapon had been used. A post-mortem examination showed he died from head injuries.

"This young man was subjected to a sustained and brutal attack," said Mr Thompson.

"As it was a sunny day it was very busy and there was a large number of young people in the park," he said.

"I'm anxious to trace these people in order that we can paint a picture of events leading up to this incident. At this moment, the motive is unclear."

Police said they wanted to speak to anyone who was in the park between 1400 and 2000 BST on Sunday, to establish a "clearer picture".

Police in Crow Nest Park
Police and forensic teams have spent the day at the park
"It is crucial that people put their faith in the police and not jump to any conclusions."

The youth was dressed in white tracksuit bottoms and a white Bench top.

The area where his body was found had recently been transformed into a wildlife garden.

Police have now reopened part of Crow Nest Park, while officers continue to investigate areas close to where the boy's body was found.

The park, which opened to the public in 1893, contains an ornamental lake, museum, terraced walks, a woodland garden, and promenades.


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