A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed outside his school gates.
A murder investigation was launched after the teenager died in hospital following an attack near the entrance to North Huddersfield Trust School (NHTS) on Woodhouse Hill at 2:45pm on Wednesday, West Yorkshire Police said.
The force has now confirmed that a 16-year-old was arrested at an address in Huddersfield shortly before 5am on Thursday in connection with the incident.
A spokesperson added: “He remains in custody and investigations are ongoing, led by detectives from the West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Investigation Team.”
Principal Andrew Fell said in a statement that NHTS had “lost a wonderful student from our school community.”
The victim was treated at the scene and taken to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency surgery, according to police.
He was pronounced dead a short time later, and detectives from the force’s Major Investigation and Homicide Team are leading the investigation.
Fell said in a statement: “It is with tremendous sadness that I must tell you that following an incident on Woodhouse Hill Road yesterday, one of our students tragically lost his life.
“The student was taken by ambulance to hospital after the incident, but despite the most valiant efforts, the medical staff were unable to save his life.
“This is truly shocking news for our students, their children and our staff. We will provide specialized support to anyone in our community that you feel could benefit.”
The statement says school will not open until 10:30 a.m. Thursday and then only for students who need support.
A police cordon blocking the pavement was placed on a section of Woodhouse Hill Thursday morning, and floral tributes were left at the site.
Afiya Mahmood, 39, who lives opposite the school, told the PA news agency: “I work from home and my husband texted me to say that someone had been stabbed outside the school. It must have been around half an hour after the incident occurred.
“I hadn’t heard anything, but I ran to see what was going on.
“I could see the child from the window and the paramedics working on the child. There was blood, but now it’s been washed away.
“There were a lot of paramedics, maybe 15 or 20, or that’s what it felt like anyway. Then they took him away.
“It is very overwhelming, distressing. He’s shocking, he’s just a kid, isn’t he?
Billy Shankland attended the scene with his son, a Year 7 at the school, to lay flowers by the curb.
He said: “It’s horrible, I have a boy within the same age, I can’t imagine what the family is going through.
“He didn’t know the boy, but he has friends who do. It’s a shock.
“It’s very (worrying) because we don’t know if it’s targeted or random; for us, anything could be happening. It’s scary.”
Fell said: “West Yorkshire Police have launched an urgent investigation so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.
“I urge everyone not to get involved in speculation about possible causes or perpetrators and allow the police to do their investigations. A statement has been issued.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the student’s family and friends who must feel, like us, completely devastated. They have lost a loved one and we have lost a wonderful student from our school community.”
Lucy Smith, who lives near the school, came to the scene to leave a poem she had written on the fence outside.
She said: “I think we are all in shock, I have two teenagers who are about the same age and anyone who has a family must feel shocked and sad.
“It was really important for me to come here, when things like this happen, to do something that can help us feel better when we all feel completely powerless in the face of violence and thinking about a family that must be falling apart today. .”
The senior investigating officer, Detective Superintendent Marc Bowes, said police have identified multiple witnesses to the incident.
“Our investigation is still at a very early stage, and we will conduct thorough investigations to establish all the circumstances surrounding this incident that resulted in the absolutely senseless loss of a young life,” he said.
“We recognize that an incident of this nature will cause understandable shock and concern in the community, and we are working closely with our colleagues in the Kirklees district, who are increasing their presence in the area to reassure people and keep them up to date. as our investigation progresses.
“We have already identified several witnesses to the incident itself, but we would still like to hear from anyone who has information that could help the investigation.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat quoting crime reference 13220521713.