Police in Leeds have initiated a murder inquiry after a teenage boy succumbed to injuries sustained in a stabbing incident.

At 2.57pm today, officers responded to a report of a teenager being assaulted and seriously harmed in the Town Street vicinity of Horsforth. Emergency services swiftly arrived, and a 15-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Regrettably, it was later confirmed that he had passed away.

Police cordons have been established in the area to facilitate forensic examinations. A teenage male has been apprehended in connection with the incident. The victim’s family has been notified.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson said: “Our investigation is at an early stage and we are carrying out extensive enquiries to establish exactly what led to this needless loss of a young man’s life.

“We understand the immense impact and huge shock a tragic incident of this nature will will have on the community locally.

“Our neighbourhood police team are working with partners, including schools in the area to offer support and reassurance.

“We have already spoken to a number of witnesses and are keen to hear from anyone who has information about the incident.”

Witnesses are urged to contact West Yorkshire Police by calling 101 or go online at www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat quoting reference 0952 of 7/11.

Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.