Two people have been arrested after a 12-year-old boy was killed in a hit and run incident in Bradford last night by a car which had just been stopped by police, the West Yorkshire force confirmed. The accident has been referred to the IPCC.
The 12-year-old victim of a hit-and-run in Bradford was a "super and capable young lad" whose "future was wide open for him," his headteacher has said.
A statement released by Bradford Academy said the school was "united in grief over the tragic event."
The tragic loss of Bilal Khizar on Saturday night is a devastating blow for everyone connected with this beautiful and unique boy. Everyone at Bradford Academy, and indeed everyone in the community we serve, is grieving for Bilal, and for his family and his friends.
– GARETH DAWKINS, EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL, BRADFORD ACADEMY
Following enquiries after our earlier statement regarding the fatal road traffic collision on Rooley Lane Bradford we have been asked to clarify some points.
In relation to the initial stopping of the vehicle: The vehicle had stopped in the lay-by on Rooley Lane. As officers got out of their vehicle to speak to the driver the car immediately made off at speed along Rooley Lane. Officers got back into their car and followed it.
The collision happened moments later.Because the collision happened immediately after police contact, with officers in initial pursuit, the IPCC were contacted last night (Saturday 6 October) and one of their investigators attended the scene to undertake their independent assessment into the police role.
Two people were arrested overnight as a result of police inquiries, which were said to be at a very early stage.
Detective Superintendent Mark Ridley, who is leading the investigation for West Yorkshire Police, said: "This is a tragedy for the family and they are absolutely devastated. Specially trained officers are currently working with them.
"I am appealing directly to anyone who saw the vehicle being driven or the incident to get in contact.
"I need the community to come forward and tell me what has happened and what they have seen to help bring justice to the family."
Any witnesses are asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.