Five people including three children killed in crash after stolen car hits tree in Leeds

Three children - and five people in total - have been killed after a stolen car crashed into a tree in Leeds.

A 12-year-old boy, two 15-year-old boys and two men, 24 and 28, were killed in the smash, according to West Yorkshire Police.

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Officers were called to Stonegate Road in Meanwood at 9.54pm on Saturday.

Two boys aged 15 have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remain in police custody.

The families of the dead have all been informed, police said.

The scene of the crash

The scene of the crash

The crash involved a stolen Renault Clio.

Stonegate Road is still closed and the police major collision inquiry team is investigating what happened.

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Anyone with any information is asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101.

The tree which was hit by the stolen Renault Clio

The tree which was hit by the stolen Renault Clio

A spokesman for the force said: "At 21:54hrs on Saturday 25th November Police were called to a road traffic collision on Stonegate Road, Leeds where a stolen Renault Clio had collided with a tree.

"Five males aged 12yrs, 15yrs, 15yrs, 24yrs and 28yrs have sadly passed away as a result of the RTC and two 15 year old males are in Police custody.

"Family of all the deceased have been informed.

"The road remains closed and West Yorkshire Police MCET (major collision enquiry team) are conducting an investigation into the exact cause of the collision."

Scene on Stonegate Road in Meanwood Leeds where a stolen car crashed into a tree killing five people including three children. Picture Tony Johnson.

Scene on Stonegate Road in Meanwood Leeds where a stolen car crashed into a tree killing five people including three children. Picture Tony Johnson.

Detective Chief Inspector Jim Griffiths is leading the investigation.

He said; “This is clearly a tragic incident in which five young people have lost their lives. We are currently investigating the exact circumstances of what happened.

“I would like to take this opportunity to ask anyone who saw what happened or has information about it to call us on 101 quoting log 1859 of Saturday 26 November.”The road remains closed as investigations continue.