Moving tributes to teenage victim of Leeds street stabbing

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Tributes have been paid to a 16-year-old boy who died after a street stabbing in Leeds.

Dozens of bunches of flowers have been laid near the scene of the attack, at the junction of Harehills Lane and Strathmore View in Harehills.

Police and onlookers at the scene in Harehills, Leeds. Picture: Steve Riding

Police and onlookers at the scene in Harehills, Leeds. Picture: Steve Riding

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A poignant note left on one read: “Even though you are gone you will never be forgotten.”

Another said: “I can’t believe it has happened. I’m gonna miss you so much.”

Police were called to Harehills Lane shortly before 3.45pm on Friday.

They said an “injured male” was taken to hospital but died a short time later.

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves tweeted: “My thoughts are with the family and friends of the boy stabbed in Leeds. We must do more to tackle knife crime.”

One local shopkeeper yesterday described the aftermath of the stabbing, which happened shortly before 3.45pm on Friday. He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “I was in the shop and heard a scream so I looked out and saw a boy who seemed to be bleeding from the abdomen. Some of his friends were trying to carry him down the street [towards the junction with Foundry Approach and Compton Road] but when they were near the bank he collapsed.”

A 15-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of murder has been released without charge.

A police cordon around the scene of the stabbing was lifted early yesterday evening.