THREE people have been arrested after police confirmed the identity of a man whose body was found inside a former bank building in Batley.
Asghar Badshah, who was 39 and from Bradford, was discovered at the disused Yorkshire Bank premises on Commercial Street on Sunday.
Mr Badshah had been missing since December 4.
It is reported that his body was found in a wall cavity at the bank, which closed in 2016.
Two men, aged 27 and 30, and a 41-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.
Both men have been released under investigation and the woman is on bail pending further enquiries.
Police forced entry to the building at around 2pm on Sunday, December 29, and the road outside was shut off for the rest of the day whilst investigations took place.
Dozens of officers were seen entering the premises.
Det Chief Insp Heather Whoriskey, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry team, said: “Enquiries are continuing into the death of Mr Badshah, who was reported missing on December 4.
“We believe he was last seen in the early hours of November 30 and I would appeal to anyone who has witnessed any suspicious activity in Commercial Street around that time or since to contact my team, so we can establish if this is linked to our investigation.”
Mr Badshah’s family have paid tribute to him in a heartfelt statement, which reads: “We as a family are deeply shocked and devastated by the loss of our dear brother Asghar Badshah.
“His beautiful smile and charisma, as well as his generosity, will never be forgotten. We as a family please ask for privacy during our time of grief as our elderly mother is deeply upset at this time.
“We pray for justice for Asghar and appeal to the public for any assistance they can provide to the police in this investigation.”
FORMER work colleagues have paid tribute to Asghar Badshah, whose body was found inside a disused bank building in Batley.
One colleague, who wished to remain anonymous, said Mr Badshah was also known as Oscar and worked as a bus driver in Halifax.
"He was exuberant, very vocal, outgoing and full of self confidence," said the former colleague, who wished to remain anonymous.
"He would sing to passengers on the bus as he was driving along."
He added that the news of his death had come as a "massive shock" and that when Mr Badshah was first reported missing, on December 4, everybody was "wondering what had gone on."
Paul Atkinson, operations manager for First in Halifax, where Mr Badshah worked as a bus driver, said: "Everyone at First in Halifax is deeply shocked and saddened at the death of Asghar.
"Our sympathies and condolences go to his family and friends at this terrible time.
"He only joined us as a driver in February 2018 and was a well-liked and popular colleague among the whole team."