The teenage boy attacked in Harrogate has died – Police declare a murder investigation
The teenage boy who was critically injured after being attacked in Harrogate has died, police said today (Wednesday).
The boy was hurt in an incident at Claro Road in the early hours of Sunday (19 February).
He died in hospital yesterday afternoon.
Detective Superintendent Wayne Fox, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Investigation Team, said:
“I can now confirm that the enquiry has been declared a murder investigation. North Yorkshire Police will not, at this stage, be taking steps to name the victim, however, our thoughts are very much with his family and friends.
“A large enquiry team has been formed to progress the investigation, this includes specialist officers who will offer support to the victim’s family.
“I am aware that that significant information is being shared on various social media platforms, I would ask members of the public to respect the privacy of affected family members and refrain from speculating on the personal information of the victim at this difficult time.”
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with attempted murder on Monday and appeared in court yesterday. He was remanded in custody to appear again on 14 March.
Det Supt Fox added: “This is a live enquiry and I would remind the public that any form of shared rumour or speculation may have a significant impact on future criminal justice processes.”