Saturday, 2 Dec 2023

Boy stabbed to death just yards from his old school as teenagers arrested

A 15-year-old boy has died following a stabbing outside a school in Leeds.

Emergency services were called to Town Street in Leeds shortly before 3pm today, following reports that a teenager had been seriously injured following a stabbing.

The 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital in critical condition.

It has been confirmed this evening that tragically, the teenager has died in hospital.

Another two male teenagers have been arrested in connection to the incident, and police in Leeds have launched a murder investigation.

A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: “Police in Leeds have launched a murder investigation after a teenage boy died following a stabbing.

Officers were called to the Town Street area in Horsforth at 2.57pm today after a report a teenager had been assaulted and seriously injured.

“Emergency services attended and a 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

“It was later confirmed that he had died. Police cordons are in place in the area while forensic examinations take place. The victim’s family have been informed.”

The force said two teenage boys have been arrested over the incident.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson said: “Our investigation is at an early stage and we are carrying out extensive inquiries to establish exactly what led to this needless loss of a young man’s life.

“We understand the immense impact and huge shock a tragic incident of this nature will will have on the community locally.

“Our neighbourhood police team are working with partners, including schools in the area to offer support and reassurance.

“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses and are keen to hear from anyone who has information about the incident.”

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Around half a mile from the police cordon on Church Road, about 50 young people were gathered on Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil on Broadgate Lane.

People could be seen hugging each other, with some wiping away tears, as they stood around a bench covered in floral tributes. Two bunches of white flowers had also been left at a cordon on Church Lane.

Paul Bell, head of Horsforth School, said the boy who was stabbed is a former pupil.

In a message to parents, he said: “You will be aware of a distressing incident in the community today, involving a former student of Horsforth School who was stabbed on St Margaret’s Avenue.

“The police are aware and working with the school.”

Dr Bell said: “We are aware of the distress and upset this has caused students and staff who know the student. We will be supporting students and staff in school and will update you as soon as we are able. We have limited information at this time.”

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson said: “Our investigation is at an early stage and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish exactly what led to this needless loss of a young man’s life.

“We understand the immense impact and huge shock a tragic incident of this nature will will have on the community locally. Our neighbourhood police team are working with partners, including schools in the area to offer support and reassurance.

“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses and are keen to hear from anyone who has information about the incident.”

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