Tributes paid to 14-year-old Leeds boy who died after roof fall

Tributes have been paid to a 14-year-old Leeds boy who has died after falling from the roof of an industrial building.

Police have now confirmed the boy to be Myles Johnstone, known as Mylo to his family, from Bramley.
Officers were called to the site at Wyther Lane between Kirkstall and Bramley at around 8.30pm last night.

Myles Johnstone, 14, after he died following a fall from a roof. Picture issued by West Yorkshire Police.

Myles Johnstone, 14, after he died following a fall from a roof. Picture issued by West Yorkshire Police.

They gave first aid to him before being joined by ambulance staff, including air ambulance paramedics, who also gave emergency treatment, but he died at the scene.

Christian Wilcocks, principal of Leeds West Academy, today said: “It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today, following the tragic confirmation of the passing of one of our own students.

“As you may be aware, following an incident in the Wyther Lane area of Leeds on Thursday 6th July, a young person was fatally injured.

“The child was a student at Leeds West Academy and today our whole school is devastated to receive this tragic news.

Tributes at the scene.

Tributes at the scene.

“Today, we shared the sad news with students in individual assemblies.

“Our pastoral team and the local authority has provided incredible support to those students who needed it and the school day has continued in a calm manner, with students demonstrating maturity, kindness and respect.

“Over the next week we will be providing means for our students to pay their respects and share their memories as a whole school community.

“Presently, all aspects of the incident are being handled by the emergency services, as the accident did not occur on Academy grounds.

“We are awaiting more information, which we will share with our wider community as it becomes available.

“In the meantime, I would like to thank our local community for their support during this very painful time. May I please ask that we all respect the privacy of the family as we work together to support one another.

Armley councillor Alice Smart said: “I was horrified to learn that the boy who was injured at Amen Corner in Armley last night has tragically died.

“My thoughts go out to his family and friends; I can’t begin to imagine what they must be going through right now.”