THE landlord of the Thornhill pub where a man was tragically killed last Friday night has appealed for the people who saw what happened to come forward and speak out.
Jonny Binns was hit by a car and killed in the car park of The Scarborough pub at 8.40pm, after a fight broke out on The Town, the road which runs through the heart of the village.
Police have arrested nine men and youths aged between 16 and 20 and released them on bail.
Paying tribute to pub regular Mr Binns, 32, who lived on Ings Crescent in Thornhill, landlord Richard Leather described him as “a polite, kind lad, always with a please and thank you, who would do anything for folk”.
Mr Leather, who has run the pub with his wife Rowena for 19 years, said Jonny “was certainly not a fighter” and that it was more likely he had left the pub to see if he could help stop trouble rather than get involved.
He said the large car park, which also acts as a footpath onto the neighbouring Henley Avenue estate, was very busy at the time.
As one vehicle went to leave the scene of the trouble it was said to have hit and then run over Mr Binns, who has a young son.
It is believed the 19-year-old driver, who was held over the weekend before being released on police bail, lives in Hanging Heaton.
“We don’t know what was happening outside,” said Mr Leather. “You can see Jonny in the pub on CCTV and also see regulars looking out of the front (towards the Scarborough fish and chip shop across the road) to see what was going on.”
He said local people were still in a state of shock but added: “Number one, we want justice for Jonny and I can’t stress enough – if anyone knows something, anything, about what happened, even if they were doing something they shouldn’t have been, then please, please come forward.”
A dedicated Leeds United fan, the victim had worked at Dewsbury-based Dust Control Systems in Shaw Cross Business Park for more than 12 years.
Managing director Philip Oldfield said: “We are all devastated and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
More than 100 tributes were placed in the pub car park over the weekend and a crowdfunding page to raise money for Jonny’s son and the son of his former partner had raised more than £1,600 by Thursday afternoon.
A pot on the bar of the pub had raised more than £500 and a framed Leeds United shirt dedicated to Jonny is being put up this weekend.
Jonny’s father, David Binns, said: “As a family we are still coming to terms with what has happened to Jonathan. He was a much-loved son and dedicated father to his own child.
“He was also a devoted Leeds United fan. We would like to thank the local community for all their continued support. We would respectfully ask for privacy at this difficult time.”
Tomorrow (Saturday) a group of Jonny’s friends from The Scarborough intend to start a minute’s applause in his honour at the Leeds United-Sheffield Wednesday match at Elland Road in the 32nd minute – chosen because of his age.