A boy has died after a suspected stabbing near a school in Huddersfield. A number of parents and residents said pupils saw a youngster being “pinned down and stabbed repeatedly”.
Police, paramedics and Yorkshire Air Ambulance raced to the scene with officers setting up a cordon and blocking off roads.
The boy was taken to hospital where he was described as being in a “critical” condition. West Yorkshire Police said he received treatment at the scene and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency surgery, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said in an earlier statement: “At 2.54pm this afternoon police received a third-party report a teenager had been seriously injured in an assault in Woodhouse Hill, Huddersfield.
“Emergency services attended and a 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital in a critical condition. A police cordon has been put in place as enquiries are underway to establish the circumstances.”
A father who said he has a son at the school, told Yorkshire Live earlier today: “It was a scary moment when I heard there had been trouble and a teacher answered my 14-years-old son’s phone.
“I understand he may have witnessed some of what happened at about 3.15pm. I was asked by staff to come and collect him. I’ve heard that it all came out of nowhere. This pupil was grabbed, pinned to the floor and stabbed repeatedly.”
A dad whose daughter attends the school told the same publication: “My daughter just started there and was getting on a bus home. [A] lad in [a] black hat and snood jumped out on a pupil and stabbed him and ran off. She saw the scuffle, but didn’t see the knife or blood. The bus had just pulled up as it happened so blocked some of the incident.
“She seems OK but is still processing it, I think. It’s only her third week or so at this new school. The area is getting bad for this crime recently. Something needs to be done. I don’t know what, but it can’t be like this. [It] feels like a crime drama.”
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Local councillor Amanda Pinnock described the incident as serious, but had said she was still waiting for details from the police and she did not know more.
A 24-year-old man said: “I imagine Year 7s will have witnessed [what happened]. It’s tragic. For it to happen to a 15-year-old boy leaving school is crazy.
“I really feel for the parents. The panic they will have felt on receiving the phone call.”
A mum of three told Yorkshire Live: “I was absolutely shocked. It’s getting worse and it is every other week now.
“I heard a gang of lads had pinned him down and stabbed him. My heart just sank. It is scary. It is a parent’s worst nightmare. You send them to school, you think they are going to be safe and come home safe.”
Adam Wartski, 32, from Sheepridge, was picking up his two young children from just outside the cordon. He expressed his shock at what happened, saying: “It’s disgusting – there’s no need for it. It feels like they – victims and perpetrators – are getting younger and younger. It’s despicable.
“I don’t understand it – they’ve only been back at school for a week. I don’t understand why they would go to such lengths. At school we would fight, but it would be no worse than a punch up and then we’d be friends. It’s just awful.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives via 101 or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat quoting crime reference 13220521713.