POLICE have refused to comment on national newspaper reports that a Bradford man's body was found in the wall cavity of a former bank.

Three people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder after Asghar Badshah, 39, was found dead inside the long-disused Yorkshire Bank building in Batley.

Mr Badshah, who was reported missing on December 4, was found when police forced entry to the former bank on Commercial Street on Sunday. 

A number of national newspapers have reported that his body was found in a wall cavity. When asked about this, West Yorkshire Police declined to comment. 

Two men aged 27 and 30, as well as a 41-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Both men have been released under investigation and the woman is on bail pending further enquiries.

A police spokesman said a post mortem has now been carried out but "there is no further update to give on the investigation at this time". 

Many people have taken to social media to pay their own tribute to Mr Badshah, who also went by the name Oscar.

Marie Lancaster wrote on the Telegraph & Argus Facebook page: "Omg I can’t believe this he was a lovely guy met him on a few occasions ❤️ RIP ❤️."

While Sanika Litisha Hussain added: "Omg so sad, R.I.P Oscar. Defo was a good guy, cant believe it 💔."

Harjot Singh wrote: "He was a top lad. Rip Oscar."

And Sharon Priestley said: "😭😭 Thoughts with the family at this difficult time. RIP and fly high with your angel wings."