A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed outside a school in Huddersfield.
The boy was arrested at an address in the town just after 5am, West Yorkshire police said. He remains in custody as a murder investigation continues.
The victim died in hospital after being stabbed close to the entrance of North Huddersfield Trust school at 2.45pm on Wednesday.
The school said it was “completely devastated” by the incident. The headteacher, Andrew Fell, said in a statement that the school had “lost a wonderful student from our school community”.
The boy was treated at the scene and taken to Leeds General infirmary for emergency surgery, police said. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Fell said in a statement: “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 said the school would not open until 10.30am on Thursday and that this would only be to students who needed support.
A police cordon blocking the pavement is in place and flowers have been left at the scene.
Fell said: “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 inquiries. A statement has been released.
“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.”
DS Marc Bowes, the senior investigating officer, said police had identified a number of witnesses.
“Our investigation is still at a very early stage, and we will be carrying out extensive inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident that has resulted in the absolutely senseless loss of a young life,” he said.
“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.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat, quoting crime reference 13220521713.