Joyriders killed 5 people, including 3 children in Leeds

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Five people, including three children, have died after a stolen car crashed into a tree in Leeds.

The youngest victim was a 12-year-old boy, West Yorkshire Police said. Two 15-year-old boys and two men aged 24 and 28 also died.

Officers were called to Stonegate Road in the Meanwood area of the city at 9:54pm  on Saturday.

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Two 15-year-old boys are being held in custody on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

A spokesman for the police said officers were confronted by a scene of “complete carnage” when they arrived at the crash site.

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene and three died a short time later at hospital.

Det Ch Insp Jim Griffiths said:
“This is clearly a tragic incident in which five young people have lost their lives.”

Police believe that all seven were in the same vehicle – a Renault Clio but later said “Whether they were all in the car or whether some of [the victims] were pedestrians we can’t say at this point in time.”

 

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