Five killed in Stonegate Road, Meanwood Leeds road tree crash: Everything we know right now

Updates have been released through the day after five people including three children were killed when a car hit a tree in Stonegate Road, Meanwood, Leeds.

Here is everything we know right now

The scene of Stonegate Road, Leeds

The scene of Stonegate Road, Leeds

Who was killed in the Stonegate Road crash?

Five people in total were killed in the crash, including three children - Ellis and Elliot Thornton, aged 12 and 15, and Darnell Harte, also aged 15.

Two men, aged 24 and 28, were also killed in the crash, which involved a Renault Clio which was reportedly stolen, according to West Yorkshire Police

Who has been arrested over the crash?

Ellis and Elliot, 12 and 15, who died in the crash

Ellis and Elliot, 12 and 15, who died in the crash

Two boys, both aged 15, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. The latest information from West Yorkshire Police says that they are still in custody.

When and where exactly did the crash happen?

The crash took place at about 9.54pm on Saturday (November 25). The crash happened on Stonegates, Stonegate Road, near to the junction with Parkside Road, in Meanwood, Leeds.

Police released the first statements confirming details this morning (Sunday) and family issued statements later on on Sunday.

What have the family said about the crash?

Family of two boys killed in a car crash on Stonegate Road in Leeds released the first image of the boys alongside an emotional statement.

Louise Thornton, 34, known as the boys' Godmother/Aunty Lou, said there were no words to described the loss of the two "cheeky chappies", Ellis, 12, and Elliott, 15, who were so loving towards their family.

She said: "Elliott was the eldest. He was very loving and very trusting. He was so proud of his family, his mum and dad and his two sisters, Ebony, 16, and Bronte, five.

"We are just devastated. We can't believe they have both gone as that just doesn't happen."

What happened in the smash?

Witnesses described hearing a 'bang like a firecracker' when the incident happened and police responded quickly and arrived on scene

What did West Yorkshire Police say about the crash?

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths is leading the investigation. He said; “This is clearly a tragic incident in which five young people have lost their lives.

"We are currently investigating the exact circumstances of what happened. “I would like to take this opportunity to ask anyone who saw what happened or has information about it to call us on 101 quoting log 1859 of Saturday 26 November.”

The road remains closed as investigations continue.

When will Stonegate Road reopen?

When police have concluded their investigations at the scene. Earlier on Sunday the force revealed the road is expected to remain closed for some time.

Is there a number to call with information?

Yes, anyone with information should call 101 to contact West Yorkshire Police.