Leeds murder suspect Mark Barrott arrested in Scotland

A man suspected of murdering his wife and then going on the run was arrested in Scotland early on Thursday morning. West Yorkshire police took the rare step of naming Mark Barrott, 54, as a suspect in the murder of his wife, Eileen Barrott, at their home in Leeds on Sunday.

Barrott was detained by officers from Police Scotland in the Elgin area of northern Scotland at about 4.30am. He will be brought back to West Yorkshire for questioning in relation to his wife’s death.

Eileen Barrott, 50, a nurse at St James’s hospital, was found seriously injured at the couple’s home in the Whinmoor area of the city on Sunday evening and died at the scene.

DCI Vanessa Rolfe said: “We would like to thank all the members of the public who contacted us with information, and also our colleagues in Police Scotland for their assistance and support with this investigation.”

Officers had been trying to trace Barrott since Sunday, when he was seen on CCTV at Leeds railway station headed for Edinburgh, and had made a number of public appeals.

Colleagues at St James hospital, where Eileen Barrott had worked for 25 jare, paid tribute to her on Tuesday.

Leeds teaching hospitals NHS trust said: “It is with great sadness that we have heard about the sudden and unexpected passing of Eileen Barrott. She will be sadly missed by all her friends and colleagues across the trust. This has been a shock to her colleagues and we’re doing all we can to support them at this difficult time.”

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