Updated; Man arrested on suspicion of murder of boy, 4, in Keighley (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
Get involved: send your pictures, video, news and views by texting TANEWS to 80360, or email
Updated; Man arrested on suspicion of murder of boy, 4, in Keighley
12:58pm Sunday 20th January 2013 in News
A Keighley man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a four-year old boy died this morning.
Police were called by the Ambulance Service to an address on Harewood Road in Oakworth at about 4:40am after reports that a four-year old had died at the address.
The child was taken to Airedale General Hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced dead.
A murder investigation was launched by West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.
At 11:30am this morning, a 32-year old man was arrested from an address in the Ingrow area of Keighley.
The man was arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody..
This afternoon, the shocked community paid tribute to the boy.
Neighbours said he was an identical twin who lived with his mother and her partner.
Police have not released the identity of the boy.
The family, including other children, had lived at the house in Harewood Road for about 18 months, according to neighbours.
One neighbour said:”I can’t believe it. No one can. He’s such a cheerful little boy.
"Him and his twin are usually up and down the street on their scooters, really friendly little boys.”
Another woman who lives just doors away from where it happened said: “I’ve just found out. My heart is broken. I can’t imagine what his family are going through. I haven’t a clue what’s gone on in that house.”
Intense searches were being carried out in the Harewood Road area of Oakworth.
Police have been seen searching in bins and on garage roofs in the hunt for further evidence.
Forensics officers, in white suits, are also on the scene.
A police cordon was also in place this morning in Ingrow, near the rail station.
Bosses on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway said they were giving their full assistance to murder squad detectives investigating the death.
Ingrow Tunnel, on the five-mile line, was cordoned off as part of the police inquiries.
Kieran Pilsworth, head of marketing for the railway, said: “Services began as normal this morning but at about 11am the police asked us to close the tunnel.
“We have continued to run a service between Oxenhope and Damems on the top section of the line.”
Keighley town mayor Coun George Metcalf - who lives in Valley Close, not far from the scene in Harewood Road - said: “It’s tragic for a child so young to die and I’m devastated for the mother and other family members. To think what they must be going through.”