Wanted man uses 'DIY escape route' to evade police in Leeds

15 April 2019, 08:10 | Updated: 15 April 2019, 09:20

Police are searching for a wanted man who evaded capture at his home by dropping into an escape route under the floor.

The "very skinny" suspect performed the manoeuvre while officers waited at the front door.

West Yorkshire Police said he had installed a metal bar to reinforce the entrance, giving himself more time to get away as officers tried to get inside.

The "DIY escape route" led to a neighbour's house and was discovered after officers were forced to use hydraulic cutting equipment to get inside.

"Bolt hole, that's one way to do it," the Leeds West police team tweeted, along with a picture showing a square-shaped hole cut out of the floorboards.

"Wanted male who refused to answer the door then dropped into his DIY escape route. 1-0 to him, but we will arrange a rematch soon."

They added: "Can't win every time. The hunt continues."