Five die, including three boys, as stolen car hits tree in Leeds

Victims of crash in West Yorkshire include three teenage boys, two 15-year-olds arrested

Police tape surrounds a tree damaged when a stolen car crashed into it, leaving five  people dead,  in Leeds, Britain. Photograph: Phil Noble

Police tape surrounds a tree damaged when a stolen car crashed into it, leaving five people dead, in Leeds, Britain. Photograph: Phil Noble

 

Five people, including three boys, have died after a stolen car hit a tree in West Yorkshire in the north of England.

Two 15-year-old boys were in custody following the crash on Stonegate Road in Leeds on Saturday night.

The dead included a 12-year-old boy, two 15-year-old boys and two men aged 24 and 28, West Yorkshire police said.

A spokesman for the force said police were called at 9.54pm after a stolen Renault Clio had collided with a tree.

The families of the deceased have been informed.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said officers were confronted by a scene of “complete carnage” when they arrived at the crash site on Stonegate Road.

He said that just one vehicle had been involved but it was not yet clear whether the five victims and two suspects had all been in the car.

“Whether they were all in the car or whether some of [the victims] were pedestrians we can’t say at this point in time.

“We’ve got the road closed, an investigation in place and we’re trying to find out what’s occurred.” - Guardian News and Media/PA