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Boy (15) arrested after teacher knifed to death in Leeds

By Dave Higgens, Ryan Hooper and Neil Lancefield

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a long-serving teacher was repeatedly stabbed to death at a school in front of her pupils.

Tributes have been paid to the teacher, named as 61-year-old Anne Maguire, who was fatally injured at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds yesterday.

West Yorkshire Police detectives said the arrested boy is in custody.

Chief Supt Paul Money said teachers at the school, on Neville Road, held the suspect until police arrived shortly before midday. The teacher died later in hospital.

He said: "A 15-year-old male pupil from the school was detained at the scene by other members of teaching staff immediately after the incident occurred.

"The alarm was raised by students in the school, some of whom witnessed the offence."

He said a knife had been recovered and added: "There were a number of stab wounds to the lady in question."

The Prime Minister last night joined current and former pupils in paying tribute to a "legend" of a teacher, described by many as a "mother figure" at the school.

David Cameron said: "My thoughts are with the family of Anne Maguire, as well as the staff and pupils of Corpus Christi school, where she was stabbed to death."

A constant stream of children and former pupils began to lay flowers outside the gates last night.

Many of them were in tears. Nichola Davies (34) broke down as she tried to explain why she had driven 40 miles from Goole to pay her respects.

Mrs Davies, who left the school in 1996, said: "She was just amazing. She was such an incredible lady. It's just so heartbreaking, it really is."

Others, laying flowers, hugged each other as they placed notes against the metal railings.

One message read: 'To a special teacher. We was all sad about it. I will never forget you.'

Kerrianne Ayward (17) said: "She was just lovely. She was helpful and caring and you could have a laugh with her.

"She was always there for you, even if she didn't know you very well. No one had a bad word for her – I mean no one."

Kerrianne, who left the school two years ago, said: "She's been my referee for everything, college, everything.

"There's no one else you would go to who's better. She was the heart of the school."

Leeds City Council said it was working closely with police and helping with the investigation.

There are nearly 1,000 pupils on the roll aged between 11 and 16, according to the school's website.

It also has "a strong Christian and community ethos".

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