A schoolboy aged just 16 has been arrested on suspicion of murder in a raid after a 15-year-old pupil was stabbed to death on his way home in Huddersfield.
The victim was killed after being “chained up and repeatedly stabbed” near North Huddersfield Trust School as he was leaving at the end of the day.
Paramedics rushed to the area and the boy was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary, but he was sadly pronounced dead a short time later.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘A youth was arrested at an address in Huddersfield shortly before 5am this morning in connection with an incident in Woodhouse Hill, Fartown, yesterday afternoon.
“He remains in custody and the investigation is being led by detectives from the police’s homicide squad and the West Yorkshire Major Investigation Squad.”
The teenager was attacked in Woodhouse Hill at 3pm yesterday and was a pupil at NHTS.
West Yorkshire Police described the killing as an “absolutely senseless loss of a young life” and stepped up patrols in the area tonight.
Headteacher Andrew Fell said in a statement: ‘It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that following the incident on Woodhouse Hill Road yesterday, one of our pupils has tragically lost his life.
The student was taken to the hospital by ambulance after the incident, but despite the valiant efforts of the medical staff, they were unable to save his life.
A police officer stands guard at the scene where a boy was stabbed in Huddersfield yesterday
A police cordon and laying of flowers near the scene in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, where a 15-year-old was stabbed and later died
A police cordon and floral tributes near the scene in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield, where a 15-year-old was stabbed on Wednesday and later died in hospital
‘This is really shocking news for our pupils, your children and our staff. We will provide professional support to anyone in our community who feels they could benefit from it.”
The statement said the school would not open until 10.30am today and then only for pupils who needed support.
Mr Fell said: “West Yorkshire Police have launched an urgent investigation and it would be inappropriate to make any further comment at this time.
“I would urge everyone to refrain from speculating about possible causes or perpetrators and allow the police to carry out their investigation. The statement was published.
“Our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends, who must feel, as we do, completely devastated. They lost a loved one, and we lost a wonderful student from our school community.”
The Homicide and Major Investigation Team (HMET) is investigating the incident and remains at the scene tonight while forensics and experts carry out investigations.
The unnamed teenager is believed to have been “chained up” on Woodhouse Hill, near the gates of North Huddersfield Trust School, at around 3pm yesterday. (Pictured: Huge police response near the scene)
PCSOs stand at the scene of a stabbing in Fartown, Huddersfield yesterday afternoon
Yorkshire Air Ambulance blocked roads around the incident (pictured) while parents say they are deeply concerned
Police were called to the incident, which happened in the Fartown area of Huddersfield, at 2.54pm.
A 46-year-old father who has a son in school said Yorkshire live: “It was a scary moment when I found out there was a problem and that my 14-year-old son’s phone was answered by a teacher. I understand that he may have witnessed something that happened.
“The staff asked me to come get him. I heard it all come out of nowhere. They grabbed this student, pinned him to the ground and stabbed him multiple times.”
Yorkshire Air Ambulance blocked roads around the incident and parents said they were very worried.
Another father, whose daughter attends the school, said something needed to be done about the rise in crime in the area, adding: “My daughter had just started there and was on the bus home. A boy with a black hat and a snood jumped on a student, stabbed him and ran away.
“She saw the fight, but she didn’t see the knife or the blood. The bus had just stopped when it happened, so it blocked some of the incident – it seems to be OK, but I think it’s still being processed. In this new school it’s only her third week.”
He added that the area is starting to “feel like a crime drama.”
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: ‘This afternoon at 2.54pm police received a report from a third party that a teenager had been seriously injured in an assault in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield.
Pictures taken today showed at least half a dozen police cars responding to the incident.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Superintendent Marc Bowes said: ‘Our investigation is still at a very early stage and we will be carrying out extensive inquiries to establish the full circumstances of this incident which has resulted in the completely senseless loss of a young life.
“We understand that an incident of this nature will cause understandable shock and concern in the community and we are working closely with our colleagues in Kirklees Borough who are increasing their presence in the area to reassure people and keep them informed as our investigation progresses.”
‘We have already identified a number of witnesses to the incident itself, but we would still like to hear from anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact HMET detectives on 101 or at https://www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101LiveChat quoting crime number 13220521713.