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19/08/21 | Leeds local news - manhunt arrest | A man suspected of murdering his wife and then going on the run from police has been arrested in Scotland this morning (Thurs).

Mark Barrott, 54, was detained by officers from Police Scotland in the Elgin area in northern Scotland at around 4.30am today.

He has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of Eileen Barrott, 50, who was found dead at the couple’s home in the Whinmoor area of Leeds, West Yorks., on Sunday.

He will be brought back to West Yorkshire to be interviewed by detectives from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

Detective Chief Inspector 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.”

Emergency services were called to a property in Naburn Fold at around 6.30pm on Aug 15 after a woman suffered ‘serious injuries’.

Barrott was caught on CCTV leaving Leeds railway station at 1pm on the day of the killing, and arrived in Edinburgh later that day.

He is believed to have arrived at Edinburgh Waverley station at 4pm.

Tragic Eileen was a "devoted" NHS nurse at a hospital in Leeds.

Eileen was said to be a ‘kind-hearted’ mum-of-two in a touching tribute from a friend of 25 years.

The pal, who did not wish to be named, said: “She was so kind and she had such a lovely smile. But you could tell she was always nervous.

“She was the nicest person, but she was very shy.

“She was a nurse and worked 24 hours a day, she was so devoted.”

(SWNS | Joe Pagnelli)



Removing moisture from Japanese knotweed could act as a potential control strategy for infestations, new research has found.

The study, by the University of Leeds, National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway) and multinational infrastructure consulting firm AECOM showed that incorrect herbicide treatment does not prevent subsequent regrowth and regeneration of this invasive plant, but fully drying the plant material in a lab environment prevented regeneration when plant fragments were replanted.

The research also showed that if there are no nodes (new growth sites) attached to the rhizomes, there is no regeneration.

Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) is a problematic invasive plant found in many areas of Europe and North America.

Notably, in the UK, the species can cause issues with mortgage acquisition. The Environment Agency has strict rules about preventing the spread and disposing of the plant which can be legally enforced.

The plant can grow up to two to three metres in height and can dominate an area to the exclusion of most other plants.

Control is complicated by its ability to regenerate from small fragments of plant material; however, there remains uncertainty about how much root mass is required for successful regeneration.

The study investigated the ability of crowns (underground mass from which stems and shoots emerge) and rhizomes (underground root-like structures) with different numbers of nodes to regenerate successfully from two sites in Leeds and Huddersfield, and one in Lancashire.

Two of the sites had been subject to herbicide treatment for two years prior to sampling and the third site had no history of herbicide treatment.

When crowns and rhizomes were planted in lab conditions, no significant differences were observed in the new stem diameter, maximum height of stem or maximum growth increments among crowns, when comparing plants that had been treated with herbicide for two years to plants that had no history of herbicide treatment. This shows the importance of monitoring treated areas for regeneration and sustaining treatment over longer periods. Crown material had a higher regenerative capacity, with all traits measured from the planted crowns being significantly greater than those of the planted rhizome fragments.

At least one node was necessary for successful regeneration (regrowth) of rhizomes and the smallest initial fragment weight to regenerate and survive the experiment was 0.5 grams. 0.7 grams was the previously reported smallest fragment to regenerate. It should be noted that such tiny fragments produced only very small and weedy plants that would take many years to regain health and spread significantly, if they survived.

The study found that the success of regeneration is related to plant fragment size, with larger fragments more likely to successfully regenerate and, for rhizomes, if there is no node, there is no regeneration.



Saj Daji, a social care worker, nicknamed "Sir Saj" from Batley, West Yorkshire, has won a Great British Care Award.

Saj, 49, is a team leader for adult health and social care charity Making Space and has 20 years’ experience in social care. As part of his role, he manages 11 workers across four local Making Space services: Floating Support Service, which is part of the wider ‘Kirklees Better Outcomes Partnership’, Kirklees Supported Housing, Huddersfield Road Young Person’s Supported Housing Service in Holmfirth and Leeds Supported Housing in Hunslet.

The proud father of six won The Housing With Care Award in the Yorkshire and Humber region, an award that recognise an individual providing person-centred services to vulnerable people.

In addition to the regular help the four services offer, during the pandemic Saj's team also made referrals for food parcel drop-offs and taught the people they support how to shop online and use technology to keep in touch with their loved ones.

He was nicknamed ‘Sir Saj’ by the people he supports following a Zoom call he had with Prince William in May 2020, to talk about his team's experiences in supporting vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was one of five support workers invited to join a Zoom call with the Duke.

He was also shortlisted for the Social Care Covid Hero Award. Judges' comments at the awards ceremony, which was held at the Railway Museum in York, included “we felt the person-centred quality shone through and we were truly moved and felt privileged to have spoken with him and heard about the service provided by him and his team.”

According to the judges, they were inspired by him and his passion from the outset.

His line manager, Steph Johansen, said: “Saj is extremely passionate about providing outstanding care and support that meets the individual needs of the people we support.

“It’s an honour that Saj has been recognised for the work he does. We are all very proud of what he has achieved with his hard work and dedication, he is a true winner.”

He will now go on to the national finals taking place at the ICC in Birmingham in September hoping to win the UK-wide award.

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