Huddersfield school stabbing: Boy, 16, arrested after pupil, 15, knifed to death

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after another boy, aged 15, was stabbed to death outside the school gates.

The teenage boy was rushed to hospital after he was stabbed outside North Huddersfield Trust School in Huddersfield, yesterday.

Police were called at around 2.54pm and found the pupil had been seriously assaulted.

He was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency surgery but died of his injuries a short while later.

West Yorkshire Police launched a murder probe on Wednesday following the incident but announced that a 16 year old boy had been arrested in the early hours of Thursday, September 22.

In a statement the force said: “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.”

North Huddersfield Trust headteahcher, Andrew Fell, paid tribute to the victim and described him as a “wonderful student”.

He 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.”

In an official statement from the school, the incident was described as “truly shocking for our pupils, your children and our staff”.

Parents were told school would not open until 10.30am on Thursday and would only be open to offer support to students following the tragic incident.

Mr Fell confirmed a staff briefing would take place on Thursday morning about access to support services for anyone who needs it in the community.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Marc Bowes said: “Our investigation is still at a very early stage, and we will be carrying out extensive enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident that has resulted in the absolutely senseless loss of a young life.

“We recognise that an incident of this nature will cause understandable shock and concern in the community, and we are working closely alongside our colleagues at Kirklees District who are increasing their presence in the area to reassure people and keep them updated as our investigation progresses.

“We have already identified a number of witnesses to the incident itself but would still like to hear from anyone who has any information that could assist the investigation.”