Police have launched a murder enquiry after a 16-year-old schoolboy was stabbed to death on a busy Leeds Street as he made his way home from school.

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Police and emergency services were alerted to the stabbing on Harehills Lane around 3:40pm yesterday afternoon and the teenager, named locally as Irfan, was rushed to to hospital for treatment but sadly died a short while later.

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder, West Yorkshire Police said. He remains in custody for questioning.

Police are now appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have recorded the incident on their mobile phones.

A statement from West Yorkshire Police reads: “Officers were called to Harehills Lane at 3.42pm. The injured male was taken to hospital but died a short time later.”

Det Supt Pat Twiggs is leading the investigation and is appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

“This tragic incident happened in a busy area at a busy time of day with large numbers of people going about their daily business.

“I am appealing directly to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that could help our enquiries to come forward. We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who witnessed anyone running in the area to come forward.

“It is also possible that people may have recorded footage on their mobile phones and I would again encourage those people to come forward.”

A large police cordon remains in the Harehills Lane area and forensic examinations are likely to continue over the next couple of days. There is likely to be some traffic disruption as a result.

Anyone with information should ring the police on 101 regarding log 1017 of 10th or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.