Teenager arrested after 17-year-old stabbed to death in Gillingham

Nicola Slawson
Police said Kyle Yule was found with stab wounds shortly after witnesses saw him being chased from a vehicle. Photograph: PA

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Gillingham, Kent.

Kyle Yule died on Friday night after witnesses said he was chased by a group of people who were causing damage to a silver Renault Clio in East Street at 8.10pm.

A Kent police spokesman said witnesses saw Yule being chased from the vehicle before he was found with stab wounds. He was taken to hospital but died shortly afterwards and his next of kin were informed.

The suspect, who has not been named but is from the local area, is being questioned by Kent murder squad detectives.

Friends of the murdered teenager, a former Brompton Academy pupil, paid tribute to him on social media. Dom Mardel said: “RIP my brother, Kyle Yule, Too young to go and so much more to be done, im gonna miss you man.”

Talia Thomas said: “Can’t believe I woke up to the news of Kyle Yule losing his life because of such disgusting vile people in this world! Made me realise how quick your life can be taken.”

The victim’s mother, Nikki Yule, changed her profile picture to an image of her son in the early hours of Saturday morning. Underneath one friend commented: “Lots of love Nikki u shud be proud you raised a beautiful boy we’re all here for you.”

Kent police are appealing for help in investigating the stabbing.

“Detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have information which can assist their inquiries,” a spokesman said. “After the incident the Renault Clio was reported to have been moved and found parked in a different location, in Cleveland Road.

“Police are also seeking information from anyone who may have noticed this vehicle being moved or saw anything suspicious.”