A 14-year-old boy is being quizzed by murder squad detectives following the death of Alfie Lewis. 

The 15-year-old was pronounced dead in hospital following a stabbing at the junction of Church Road and Church Lane, in Horsforth, shortly before 3pm on Tuesday. 

A 14-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder shortly afterwards and he remains in custody. 

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of murder on Tuesday evening, but has now been released without charge. 

Specially trained family liaison officers are supporting Alfie's family and officers from the local neighbourhood policing team and Safer Leeds Partnership are working in the community and with local schools to provide reassurance. 

A scene remains in place to undergo forensic examination and specialist searches. 

Detectives from West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are leading the investigation. 

Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson said Alfie's family's family are devastated about his death and the force is "doing everything we can to support them and get them the answers they need".

“They have asked that their privacy is respected so that they can begin to grieve at what is clearly a very difficult and painful time for them," she added.

"We would ask that people avoid unhelpful and often inaccurate speculation on social media which has the potential to cause unnecessary distress to the family and create issues that divert and distract the police response to this terrible incident," she added.

DCI Atkinson said police are still working to build up a clear picture of the circumstances and added: "We ask people to leave it to the investigation to find out what led to Alfie’s tragic death.". 

“The exception to this is we would of course still like to hear from anyone who witnessed any part of this incident, which took place in a busy part of Horsforth, or who has any information that could assist the investigation," she said. 

Alfie's loved ones also released a statement through police, which touched on his family nickname 'Uncle Alfie'. 

Their statement said: “I haven't got the words to describe how devastated we all are. 

“Alfie you were one in a million, so funny and an all-round entertainer with your rapping and dancing feet. 

“You had the biggest heart and took care of everybody around you. You will never know just how much you are loved by family and friends, and you will always be our Uncle Alfie. 

“We love you so much.  Nothing will ever be the same without you. You will shine in the sky, as bright as you did in all our lives.  I love you more than words can say, and you will always be with us forever.  

“Love you Uncle Alfie.” 




Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team via 101 quoting Operation Poplincard or reference 13230618644 or online via www.westyorkshire.police.uk/101livechat 

Information can also be provided through the Major Incident Public Portal link at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/13XM020123L86-PO1