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Teen, 16, arrested after boy, 15, stabbed outside school gates

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the fatal stabbing of a schoolboy in Huddersfield.

West Yorkshire Police have arrested a boy, 16, on suspicion of murder after a 15-year-old was stabbed to death outside of North Huddersfield Trust School yesterday.

Officers arrested the boy at an address in Huddersfield around 5am this morning (Thursday).

His school this morning paid tribute to the young boy who was attacked outside the school.

The Woodhouse Hill incident occurred shortly before 3pm yesterday, with parents claiming a boy was pinned to the ground and knifed repeatedly.

North Huddersfield Trust School’s head Andrew Fell praised the ‘wonderful student’, who is yet to be named after a murder inquiry was launched.

Mr Fell said: ‘Our deepest sympathies go out to the pupil’s family and friends who must feel, as we do, completely devastated.

‘They have lost a loved one and we have lost a wonderful student from our school community.’

The teenager died in hospital following the attack at 2.45pm, West Yorkshire Police said.

In a statement posted on the school website, Mr Fell continued: ‘It is with enormous sadness that I must tell you that following an incident on Woodhouse Hill Road yesterday one of our pupils has tragically lost their life.

‘The pupil was taken by ambulance to hospital after the incident but despite the most valiant of efforts, medical staff were unable to save their life.

This is truly shocking news for our pupils, your children, and our staff. We will be providing specialist support for any among our community who feel they could benefit.’

The statement explained that the school will not open until 10.30am this morning and then only to students who need support.

The victim was treated at the scene and taken to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency surgery, according to police.

The student was pronounced dead a short time later, and detectives from the force’s Homicide and Major Inquiry Team are leading the investigation.

Mr Fell added: ‘West Yorkshire Police have launched an urgent investigation, so it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.

‘I would urge everyone not to engage in speculation about possible causes or perpetrators and allow the police to make their enquiries.’

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to the death of a 15-year-old boy who was stabbed in an incident in Huddersfield yesterday.

“The youth was arrested at an address in Huddersfield shortly before 5am this morning in connection with the incident in Woodhouse Hill, Fartown, yesterday afternoon.

“He remains in custody and enquiries are ongoing led by detectives from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.”

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