A suspected burglar has vanished after jumping in a river in a desperate bid to flee police.
He was one of four suspects who ran off when police were called to a burglary in the Netherton area of Huddersfield at 6am today.
A police spokesman said: “Four suspects made off with two of them going into the River Holme. Officers arrested one of them from the river but the other individual was not arrested and was not seen getting out of the river. Two other men were arrested. All three were arrested on suspicion of burglary.
“Since then officers have carried out extensive enquiries to trace the other male. He was seen in the river around the Armitage Road area of Armitage Bridge and Berry Brow and then made his way upstream.”
Police say they are now worried for the man’s welfare.
The West Yorkshire Police helicopter was involved in the search along with specialist trained water rescue firefighters.
Det Insp Ian Thornes from Kirklees CID, said: “We are urgently trying to find this man and our primary concern is for his welfare. I would appeal to anyone who has seen a man in the river of getting out of the river to get in contact.”
Call Sgt Ian Scott on 101 quoting log 66 of Friday, October 13.