Leeds & West Yorkshire

Ben Lloyd M62 death: Police search for four men in new appeal

Police investigating the death of a man who was struck by a car and killed while he was walking on the M62 in West Yorkshire two years ago are searching for four men.

Ben Lloyd, 24, from Doncaster, was hit on the westbound carriageway near Pontefract on 21 December 2013.

He had been seen near junction 32.

Three men were seen crossing underneath the junction at about 03:10 GMT on the night Mr Lloyd died while another was running on his own along Park Road.

West Yorkshire Police said they were "keen to speak" to the men.

Det Supt Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "It is possible these men may have come into contact with Ben and could have important information to help us understand just why he came to be on the motorway."

'Where picture stops'

He said a number of people were reported to have seen Mr Lloyd before his death, including two women who shared a taxi ride with him before he got out at a petrol station on Park Road at about 02:30.

"Following an investigation immediately after Ben's death and using CCTV and witness statements we were able to trace Ben's movements from the Town Centre in Pontefract to the BP service station near to the Xscape complex at Glasshoughton," said Mr Atkinson.

"That, however, is where our confirmed picture stops."

"We would like to speak to anyone who may have remembered seeing Ben in the garage or walking away from the garage towards the motorway that night or has any information about him."

Mr Lloyd was reportedly seen walking along the motorway following a night out with friends in Pontefract and was the subject of three calls to police.

Details of the incident and how the police handled the calls were referred to a police watchdog by the force.

An inquest into Mr Lloyd's death is due to take place in March, police say.

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