Leicester

Leicester boy's death treated as murder

Police on the scene at Freeman Road North
Image caption Police remain on Freeman Road North in Leicester after a 16-year-old boy died

Three men and a teenager have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death of a 16-year-old boy.

The boy, named locally as Tyler Thompson, was found injured in a busy residential street in Leicester after reports of a fight in the area.

He was taken to hospital on Tuesday evening but later died.

Three men aged 29, 34 and 35 were arrested along with an 18-year-old, who was taken to hospital.

Image caption Flowers have been left at the scene of the fight in Freeman Road North

Police were called to a fight involving a group of men in Freeman Road North, next to Humberstone Park, at about 19:50 GMT on Tuesday where they found the injured boy.

He was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary where he later died.

The arrested men remain in police custody and a forensic examination is currently being carried out in the street and at a house in nearby Broad Avenue.

A police spokesman said they would not give details of whether any weapon may have been involved.

Image caption Police remain at a house in Broad Avenue, about half a mile away from the site of the fight

Tributes and flowers have been left close to the scene of the incident and friends on social media expressed sadness at his death.

One card, left with a bunch of white lilies, read: "RIP Tyler. Thoughts are with your family. You're with the angels now. xxxxx"

Aliyyah Khan, 16, from Evington, Leicester, said she had known Tyler for seven years and described him as a "really nice guy".

"I was so shocked when I heard he had died. It's just heartbreaking," she said.

Residents on the street described their shock at the news.

A woman who lives near Freeman Road North said: "Sixteen is no age to die. He hasn't had half his life yet."

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