Two arrested in connection with the death of teenage Halifax rugby star Harry Sykes

Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a Calderdale schoolboy who tragically died on a 'dream' rugby tour last year.

By Alex Miller
Friday, 3rd May 2019, 4:27 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd May 2019, 9:41 pm
Harry Sykes died in Spetember at the age of 16.
Harry Sykes died in Spetember at the age of 16.

Lightcliffe Academy pupil Harry Sykes, 16, of Queensbury, drowned in a lake in southern France during a tour in Carcassonne whilst on tour with Halifax Elite Rugby Academy in September.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "Police have arrested two men in connection with an investigation into the death of teenager Harry Sykes.

"Both have been released under investigation and enquiries are continuing."

The youngster was a member of Queensbury ARLFC.

In a statement at the time Lightcliffe Academy said: "It is with great sadness that we have to write of the death of a former student of Lightcliffe Academy.

"Harry Sykes had just completed his GCSEs this summer and had left to follow his dreams and become a professional rugby player with Halifax Elite Rugby Academy.

"He died in France whilst on tour with the team. Harry was a popular and well liked member of our school community and will be hugely missed by staff and students.

"All students have been informed of his death in a series of assemblies and support for all students who have been impacted by this news in any way has been offered today and will continue to be available.

"All Harry’s family, including his siblings in school, are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time and we offer our sympathies and condolences to all who are grieving."