Work to end knife crime in Leeds continues

VICTIM: Leeds schoolboy Irfan Wahid.
VICTIM: Leeds schoolboy Irfan Wahid.

Today marks the first anniversary of the death of schoolboy Irfan Wahid, who was fatally stabbed by another teenager in the Harehills area of the city.

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PIC: Simon Hulme

PIC: Simon Hulme

Dozens of floral tributes were laid at the scene in Harehills Lane in the days following the stabbing in 2017, before funeral prayers and a day of vigils were held to promote peace and unity in the face of the tragedy.

And a year on, police are preparing for a week of activity across West Yorkshire to warn all young people against carrying knives.

It will culminate next Saturday when police and others come together in Harehills to spread the #StopKnifeCrime message.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said: “Carrying a knife is never the answer – knives take lives and if you carry a knife, you risk being sent to prison and increase your chances of being seriously injured or killed.”