Sunday, May 15, 2011

Daniel Crowther, 17, battered to death after 'arguing with youths who tried to jump queue in pizza takeaway' - 15th May 2011

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager died following an alleged late-night attack outside a pizza takeaway.

Reports suggest that Daniel Crowther was set upon after he refusing to let a group of youths push into the queue at College Pizzas takeaway in the North Yorkshire market town of Stokesley.

The 17-year-old victim suffered severe head injuries when he was assaulted as he left the restaurant shortly after midnight yesterday.

Reports suggest the victim was punched in the chest and fell to the ground, striking his head on the kerb.

He died at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough three hours later, at 2.50am.

'North Yorkshire Police were called at around 12.05am after reports that a man had been seriously assaulted outside College Pizzas in College Square,' a police statement read.

'The victim, aged 17, from Stokesley, suffered a head injury in the incident and was taken to James Cook University Hospital for treatment.

'Unfortunately, he never recovered from his injuries and was pronounced dead at around 2.50am.'

The death stunned residents of Stokesley, where Daniel was known as a popular student.

Friends said the Stokesley School pupil had been out for a quiet drink with friends and went to buy a pizza around midnight.

'We'd been drinking with him in the Spread Eagle pub,' Sammy Selmi, 19, told The Sunday Sun in Newcastle.

'We were going to go on the karaoke in the Queens. He said: "Give me 15 minutes, I'm going to get a pizza."

'We were waiting for him to come back but he never did.' Read More