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  • 12 March 2014, 7:50

Murder Probe After Body Found In Woods

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man was found shot dead in woodland.

Two teenage schoolboys discovered the 31-year-old victim in woods in Leeds, West Yorkshire, on Tuesday morning.

Police said they could confirm that the man, found in the Chapel Allerton area of the city, had been shot.

Detective Superintendent Simon Beldon said investigators believe the victim was targeted and there is no threat to the wider public.

He said: "We are now treating this man's death as murder and we are conducting extensive inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

"A key focus for the investigation at the moment is on tracing any potential witnesses who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area late last night and into the early hours of this morning.

"Although we are still awaiting the full findings of the forensic post-mortem we can now say that the man had received injuries consistent with a firearm having been discharged.

"We are therefore particularly keen to hear from anyone who heard a bang or who saw anyone or any vehicles in the vicinity that could be linked to the incident."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101 quoting log number 217 of March 11 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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