Yusuf’s family talk of their heartbreak

By Maisie Clancy


The family of a little boy killed in a road accident in Leeds have spoken for the first time about the tragedy.

Four-year-old Yusuf Jatta had spent the day with his father, who had just returned from a month in Africa, they revealed.

The statement was released by police who are appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened at the junction of Chapeltown Road and Reginald Terrace around 4.50pm on Saturday, April 29.

The driver of the Vauxhall Corsa stopped at the scene and has been helping police in their investigation.

But police want to trace the driver of a black or dark-coloured Vauxhall Meriva, which stopped at a red traffic light and may have seen the accident.

In the statement, the family said: “Yusuf attended nursery at Hillcrest Academy and was loved by his teachers and was happy there.

“His dad had just returned from a month in Gambia and spent a day with him before this tragic accident.

“Yusuf enjoyed travelling and we visited London and Scotland with him.

“The family would like to give special thanks during this difficult time to the staff and management of Hillcrest Academy, the Gambian community in the UK, the local community in Leeds and our local councillors Jane Dowson and Eileen Taylor.”

Detective Sergeant Mathew Tunney, of West Yorkshire Police Major Collision Enquiry Team, said: “We are continuing to carry out enquiries to build up as full a picture as possible of what happened, and would still like to hear from anyone who was in the area and witnessed the collision or the circumstances leading up to it.”

Anyone with information should contact West Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting log number 1292 of April 29.

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