Ann Maguire stabbing: Second teenage boy arrested in connection with death

The 15-year-old was released without charge after police questioning

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A second boy was arrested in connection with the death of teacher Ann Maguire, it has emerged.

The 15-year-old was questioned by police yesterday but released without charge.

Investigators are understood to have looked at messages on social media websites.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: “A 15-year-old male was arrested on Thursday morning in connection with the investigation but has since been released without charge.”

Another 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Leeds Crown Court today charged with Mrs Maguire’s murder.

The teenager appeared by video-link and was remanded in custody.

There was no application for bail and he was sent to a youth detention facility with a provisional trial date set for 3 November.

The Spanish teacher, 61, was months away from retiring when she was attacked in the classroom in front of terrified pupils on Monday at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

Her husband and two daughters laid flowers at the school gates yesterday and held hands as they read some of the hundreds of tributes left by pupil and staff.

Earlier they had watched the teenager accused of stabbing her to death appear at Leeds Youth Court.

Donald Maguire stared straight at the youth as he was led into the glass-fronted dock and clutched the hands of his daughters, Emma and Kerry, throughout the hearing in the packed courtroom.

The defendant spoke just four times in the short hearing to answer “yes” to questions from a clerk.

The boy, whose right arm was in plaster, nodded to his own parents as he walked into court.

The family paid tribute to Mrs Maguire in a statement released through West Yorkshire Police.

It said: “Our beautiful Ann, our shining light, she brightened the world for so many of us.

”A loving wife, the best mother, a treasured sister, a true friend. This horrific happening has robbed us of all of this and so much more.”

Additional reporting by PA