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Fund for 15-year-old Syrian refugee raises £158,000

Police guard at Almondbury School

A fund for a Syrian boy who was allegedly attacked in a video shared widely online has now closed after it raised £158,000.

There were demonstrations outside Almondbury school in Huddersfield after the video went viral - and donations poured in from around the world to the fund set up for him.

GoFundMe said the appeal for the 15-year-old refugee was one of the most widely shared and fastest growing of the year.

Its organiser Mohammed Tahir thanked everyone of their contributions towards the £158,089 total which he said represented a life-changing amount for the family.

Prime Minister Theresa May has previously said the generous public response showed the "true spirit of Britain".

A 16-year-old boy has been interviewed over the attack on the boy and reported for summons for an offence of assault ahead of a youth court appearance.

As you can see, the donations have slowed down and I feel we are in a position where we can close the campaign. The donations have now been turned off and I personally would like to thank everyone who supported the cause.

– Appeal organiser Mohammed Tahir

This has been one of the most widely shared and fast growing GoFundMe pages of 2018 with people coming together from 50 countries in a truly inspiring show of support. We're now working closely with the family to get the funds directly to them.

– GoFundMe spokesman John Coventry